The protest group says it will occupy major intersections, bridges and close Vancouver International Airport
Climate protesters are planning a series of protests in Vancouver this month, including the occupation of major intersections, bridges and the “closure” of Vancouver International Airport.
Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion Canada said it wanted a commitment from provincial and federal governments to end fossil fuel subsidies ahead of the UN climate conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, which starts on 31 October.
If this requirement is not met, Extinction Rebellion plans to launch what it calls the October Uprising, a two-week campaign for massive civil disobedience in Vancouver that begins on October 16.
“We’re going to be arrested on the streets,” said Extinction Rebellion member Brent Eichler. “(Trudeau) is going to face the embarrassment by not just telling world leaders why he has failed in the promises he has made, but why citizens of his own country are sitting on the streets and being arrested because he does not want to act. ”
Protesters will be non-violent, but they will also not be afraid of arrests, Eichler said.
Protests are planned for major intersections, including Burrard and Georgia streets and Broadway and Commercial, as well as Burrard Street and Cambie Street bridges.
A protest is scheduled for Oct. 25 to close access to Vancouver International Airport.
Eichler said he acknowledges the planned protests may be disruptive, but “strong action” is needed to get politicians to act.
“Our goal is to fill the prisons with our bodies until the government acts,” he said. “We apologize if people’s lives are disrupted, but there is no other way to do it.”
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