Blockade at Mt Polley
Likely, B.C. – A planned ‘resistance gathering’ at Mt Polley Mine has turned into a blockade.
On Tuesday Kanahus Freedom of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society told 250News she was planning the gathering to coincide with the two-year anniversary of the breach at Mt. Polley.
She said it was in response to the provincial government’s decision to issue an operating permit to mine operators Imperial Metals in June.
Paul French, local 1-425 president with the United Steelworkers, says the ‘gathering’ has turned into a blockade and has affected workers wanting to go to work for their afternoon shift today.
“The protesters have blockaded the road (heading to the mine) and aren’t allowing anyone in to work.”
He says that’s affected over 100 of his members though he notes those in charge of the blockade are allowing workers to leave the work site.
“As long as Imperial Metals and the government that backs them continue to devastate our lands with no accountability, we will take whatever action necessary to defend our lands,” said Freedom in a news release issued today.
“There will be an escalation in resistance, solidarity and pressure against their corporate interests. Today’s blockade is just the beginning.”