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On a bright Saturday afternoon a group of 150 protesters gathered at the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipelines in North Burnaby in solidarity with those being arrested in Washington DC as they call on their President to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Council of Canadian representative Harjap Grewal reminded those gathering at the site that direct action is something that indigenous communities across Turtle Island are taking part in, and that those joining them do so in an open act of solidarity.
The group, ranging from elders to younger ones got to tour the layout of the pipeline, all the way to the port terminal that held oil that is to be shipped out of the country.
Ben West, an organizer with the Wilderness Committee, spoke to Vancouver Media Co-op on the Express bus going from Vancouver to the demonstration. Apart from noting that the stopping the Keystone project would be the equivalent of "diffusing a carbon-bomb," he also spoke of the importance of supporting transit.
"We need to think of the supply and also demand of oil," said West. "Getting those tankers off our coast is a great way to begin choking off the supply but we also need to be reducing the demand for fossil fuels."