Protesters plan to block an intersection in Vancouver today

The activists plan to “lock themselves in a facility, risking arrest” for their grand finale of the October rebellion.

A group of protesters calling on the BC government to take urgent action on the climate emergency will hold its “grand finale” by blocking one of Vancouver’s main thoroughfares before Halloween weekend.

The Vancouver branch of Extinction Rebellion plans to block a major intersection on Friday evening (October 29), the last day of its two-week protest in the city.

Brent Eichler, Extinction Rebellion member and president of Unifor Local 950, recounts Vancouver is awesome that the intersection is still undetermined. “A snake walk is a route that moves haphazardly through the streets but in the end we will block an intersection.”

Eicher adds, however, that the intersection will be “the most disruptive we can find.”

The group will meet in Nelson Park at 4:30 p.m. before walking through the city center. The activists plan to “lock themselves in a facility, risking arrest” for their grand finale of the October rebellion.

Each day of the Fourteen Day Rebellion had a specific theme, with the overriding demand to end all subsidies for fossil fuel projects.

The group began the first of “14 days of disruption” in the city on October 16 by blocking the intersection of Burrard and Georgia Streets. The VPD said about 50 people marched through the downtown Vancouver intersection and four of them were arrested.

So far, there have been a total of forty-nine arrests, including one in Nanaimo. However, the group is calling for “more arrests” on its last day of civil disobedience.

“It will make people angry.”

Eichler told VIA in a previous interview that the group knew their protests will anger locals, especially those behind the wheel.

“We understand that and we accept that there is no other way… because we have tried all other ways,” he said, adding that the protesters have to accept “huge personal costs. “.

David Suzuki attended the first of Extinction Rebellion’s “14 Days of Disruption” on October 16, where he spoke to protesters and passers-by.

The environmental group demanded that Canada’s provincial and federal governments end fossil fuel subsidies before the 26th Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, which Suzuki says must happen.

“You know what the United Nations said in 2019: we are facing an unprecedented loss of biodiversity – and this threatens the biosphere for humans,” he told VIA in a previous interview.

“How do we survive in a world where humans have taken over most of the planet, wiped out so many ecosystems and species? It’s really terrifying.”

Read a full interview with Suzuki regarding his thoughts on the local protests.

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