Demonstrators march in downtown Kitchener in solidarity with B.C. pipeline protest

A group of demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Kitchener on Tuesday afternoon, holding signs saying, “We stand with Wet’suwet’en land defenders” and “Hands off Wet’suwet’en.”

The group met at Kitchener’s city hall before walking down the middle of King Street to Frederick Street. People stood in crosswalks so traffic could not get through, while others danced and drummed in intersections.

The group’s actions are in solidarity with some of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in B.C. who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline project running through their traditional territory.

Police were on scene.

Some demonstrators block a lane of traffic in downtown Kitchener Tuesday afternoon as part of an act of solidarity with some of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in B.C. who oppose a pipeline project. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

Const. Ashley Dietrich with the Waterloo Regional Police Service said officers were monitoring the march “to ensure the safety of those in attendance.”

The group moved on just before 2 p.m. and made their way to Liberal MP Raj Saini’s office at the corner of Frederick Street and Lancaster Street E.

The demonstration comes one week after a similar rally that saw people block intersections in Waterloo and occupy the office of Liberal MP Bardish Chagger.

Other solidarity efforts have led to rail blockades, which has impacted CN and Via Rail service.

Demonstrators sit outside Liberal MP Raj Saini’s office in Kitchener Tuesday afternoon. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)