Video from Wet’suwet’en territory shows how RCMP arrests of two journalists, pipeline opponents went down

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WARNING: Some may find the video content and language disturbing.

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Footage taken by a filmmaker and a photojournalist shortly before he was arrested by the RCMP in the Wet’suweton area last week gives a fresh glimpse into the actions taken by Mounties, who killed pipeline opponents and two members of the media. was taken into custody. ,

Two journalists were among those detained later over the weekend, and on Wednesday one released their footage.

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Video taken by Michael Toledano and provided to news outlets including the Star, shows the inside of a structure at a coyote camp during the time of the RCMP raid and arrest.

In the video, the RCMP is seen using a chainsaw to break down a door to arrest the people inside the hut.

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The video begins with the police circumambulating the hut.

“It’s a private residence and you’re trespassing, you need to go now,” camp spokeswoman Molly Wickham told the other side through the door of the police, threatening arrest by a 2019 court injunction.

Moments later, pieces of the door fly into the room as RCMP begins to knock it down. Police dogs are heard barking outside.

An officer in tactical gear can be seen pointing a rifle inside the door.

“Get your f—ing gun off me!” Wickham screams just before the police fire a chainsaw to break through the door and arrest those who do not fight.

The RCMP raided a camp and arrested opponents of a 670-kilometer natural gas pipeline and Wet's of freelance photographer Amber Bracken.

The footage itself shows the arrest of Toledano. Freelance photographer Amber Bracken was also arrested.

In the video, the pair clearly identify themselves as journalists during the arrest.

Both were among those released on Monday, who were taken to Prince George, B.C., to appear in court. Before his release, he promised to appear in court in February on charges of civil contempt.

Last week, the RCMP arrested about 30 people at camps and roadblocks along the Morris River Forest Service Road while attempting to block a natural gas pipeline from being built through the Wet’suweton area, south of Smithers.

The hereditary Wet’swet’en chief and his supporters are trying to stop the construction of a 670-km pipeline to carry natural gas to Kitimat. They say the pipeline maker Coastal GasLink has no right to proceed because the project was not approved through traditional government systems. Elected chiefs have supported the project.

In 2020, following protests across Canada in support of the hereditary chiefs, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the hereditary chiefs and the provincial and federal governments to discuss Wet Suwetan land and title rights. Those talks have not progressed, a spokesman for the chiefs told the Star last week.

The latest round of the blockade began as Coastal GasLink was preparing to drill down the Morris River.

Jeremy Nuttall is a Vancouver-based investigative reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @nuttallreports



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