Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:24 pm
The Aboriginal people, like any Canadian citizen, have a delineated right under their Constitution' Charter of Rights to peacefully assemble, i.e. protest.
But nothing gives them the "right" as part of that peaceful assembly, to restrain commerce.
Freedom of peaceful assembly
So they have the right to demonstrate, but where is the right to impede commerce?
Section 2 (c)
The freedom for groups of people to assemble for the purposes of meetings, protests, and other public and private gatherings.
Might it be time for "the Mounties to get their man?"
Well it seems that the protesters are ALSO rallying against the RCMP as well.....kinda throwing it all in shall we say! Per interview I saw earlier today from protester spokesperson - they are "uniting in solidarity against the RCMP's use of force." So as about 100 protestors assembled outside of a rail yard in the Montreal area, climbed on top of various tank cars (presumably full of either propane or oil - flammable warning notices clearly visible) to put up their protest banners, flags, etc. or just make a scene...........hopefully they were able to step over and around the bonfire the had also setup on the tracks........all while the RCMP looked on because they were told NOT to intervene, despite all this happening on private CN property. I just don't know how this all makes sense to honest. I had to watch the video twice to fully comprehend.
Most of the protesters probably don't even know what they are protesting about, or what would take as a resolution to their protest. I heard one person say they are just out to "shut Canada down." So with freight and passenger rail basically at a halt and the RR drawing up furlough paperwork for their employees, let alone the effects on the economy this is causing, when and what will be an effective resolution? I think the original intent went off the rails here..... And last anyone heard, Justin was out of country and was not going to readily intervene.
The RCMP was simply trying to enforce a "court order" that demanded the construction workers be allowed access to land in British Columbia where the pipelines is being built. The RCMP were abiding by a "court order." Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and their supporters refused to move. In a series of confrontations at various protester camps, the RCMP arrested more than two dozen people.
This quote summed things up a little bit more precisely.
"They came in with armed forces to remove peaceful people that are doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons," Na'Mok, one of the chiefs, told NPR. "We're protecting the land, the air, the water, our rights and title as hereditary chiefs, and we're exercising our jurisdiction."
I am not sure if peaceful protesters necessarily climb on top of freight tank cars and setup fires and blockades on private property, but OK!