Harry, a Wetaskiwin resident, peacefully protested in the Maskwacis area Sunday afternoon to show his support for the blockades across Canada. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Central Alberta protester supports rail blockades across Canada

A protester with a chain around his neck stood near the Samson Cree Nation building in Maskwacis for six hours to show his solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in British Columbia.

Harry, a Wetaskiwin resident who didn’t want his last name published, planned on staying at Highway 2A and 611, near the railway tracks, for about six hours Sunday afternoon.

“My life is almost over, but I’m trying to do something for (my grandchildren),” he said.

Cars that drove by honked to show support for the protester.

“I just want to let everyone know we don’t appreciate what’s going on with our friends and relatives in B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario,” he explained, adding his was a peaceful protest that wouldn’t block traffic or trains.

“I think it’s deplorable that the original land owners, the people who have original title to this land, can’t stand up and say ‘wait, stop everything…’

“They just show up and threaten with arrest or brutality, and people naturally back away, because nobody wants to get hurt or go to jail. So I’m here to show people if you’re going to stand your ground, then you have to stand your ground.”

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