Five Peaceful Anti-Enbridge Line 9 Activists Arrested

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Sun. Aug 10, 2014

Protesters occupying Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline construction site in Ontario on Aug 4, 2014. (Photo: Dam Line 9/Tumblr)

Protesters occupying Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline construction site in Ontario on Aug 4, 2014. (Photo: Dam Line 9/Tumblr)

Five of the peaceful Dam Line 9 Blockade activists who had been occupying an Enbridge Line 9 pipeline construction site in southwestern Ontario for almost a week were arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police earlier today.

The activists had occupied the site since Monday last week, arguing that the construction posed “a danger to people, animals, land, and water.”

In an earlier press release, the activists said, “the construction will not protect against a leak of toxic diluted bitumen into the water source. Line 9 is the same age and design as the Enbridge pipeline which caused the largest in-land oil spill in American history. Enbridge has identified more than 12,000 flaws in Line 9’s structure, and the line has already leaked at least 35 times in less than 40 years.”

RELATED: Activists Refuse to Leave Enbridge’s Line 9 Construction Site

From Dam Line 9:

Dam Line 9 blockaders who were on their sixth day of occupying a Line 9 construction site were served an injunction around noon today. Most blockaders left the site, while two locked down to barrels to show their commitment to stopping Line 9 and tar sands expansion. Three people stayed on site to play support roles. Two were told they would not be arrested and yet all three were arrested an hour ago. Cops took away their food, blankets, and all other materials needed to stay safe while locked down. They were only left with a water each.

The three support people have now been taken to Brant County Jail in Paris, Ontario. If you are in the ares, please visit the jail to show support: 28 Mechanic St, Paris, M3L 1K2.

If you are unable to go to the jail, please consider making a donation online to help with legal fees: http://www.gofundme.com/cso110

Two individuals are still locked down. Cops gave them the option to unlock themselves but they refused in order to continue stopping work on the dangerous pipeline and resisting against the tar sands mega project. It may be another five hours before a team arrives to break the lockdown.

“We will not be deterred, stop Line 9!” one blockader said while being arrested.”

Solidarity with International Prisoners’ Justice Day!

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.