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Photos: Hundreds Rally Against Pipelines and Tankers in Victoria

by Sandra Cuffe

Hundreds attended the rally against pipelines and tankers. Victoria, April 15, 2012. Photo: Sandra Cuffe
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Hundreds and hundreds rally against pipelines and tankers. Victoria, April 15, 2012. Photo: Sandra Cuffe
Just one example of the many handpainted banners and signs. Victoria, April 15, 2012. Photo: Sandra Cuffe
Leaving the legislature, the march snakes through downtown Victoria. April 15, 2012. Photo: Sandra Cuffe
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Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn in front of the provincial legislature on Sunday to participate in a 'Rally Against Enbridge.' After a series of passionate speakers - from young children to First Nations grassroots community leaders - rally participants marched through downtown Victoria to Centennial Square.

Many rally speakers and march participants spoke out against Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, oil tanker traffic on the coast, and the tar sands. Others also raised their voices against the Pacific Trails natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. and Kinder Morgan's expansion plans for the existing Trans Mountain pipeline that runs from the tar sands to the lower mainland.

"This is incredibly empowering," local environmental activist Zoe Blunt said of the large turnout at the rally, adding that people would be returning on April 21st for Earthwalk, and then again on April 29th for a two-week 'Camp Christy' camp on the lawn.

"Right here. Two weeks. April 29th," said Blunt, as the crowd chanted Camp Christy. "Tell everyone. And bring your tents. Bring your sleeping bags..."

 

Update, April 24th: Apparently, "Camp Christy is now Dance Dance REVOLUTION! A Noise Party to Celebrate Mayday!" [no comment]. ~ Sandra

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