Stoney Creek RCMP detachment vandalized
Blog post claims damage was done in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest
Hamilton police are investigating after the RCMP detachment in Stoney Creek was vandalized overnight.
An anonymous blog post on Northshore Counter-Info — a southern Ontario anarchist blog — claimed responsibility for the action, saying a group carried it out as part of a protest against a contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline project in B.C.
The post says a "handful of determined folks had destroyed all electronic keypad entries to the building, filled the manual locks with superglue and toothpicks, and dismantled the entry and exit systems to their gated police vehicle lot."
The post says the group also painted "RCMP off Wet'suwet'en land" along the west windows of the building, which is the old city hall building in Stoney Creek on Regional Road 8.
Const. Jerome Stewart of Hamilton police told CBC News that local police were on scene shortly after 7 a.m. this morning and their investigation is now ongoing.
There was no evidence of damage to electronic keypads or locks entering the building by late Monday morning. Remnants of paint could be seen on the building's windows, but it had largely been scrubbed off.
"Everything has been fixed," RCMP Sgt. Penny Herman told CBC News.
This incident is the latest in a string of protests connected to the situation in B.C. People across Canada have been protesting in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en First Nation, where 14 people were arrested last month for protesting a planned natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.
Hundreds of people marched in downtown Hamilton last month in support of Wet'suwet'en protesters. A similar protest occurred in Brantford a few days later.
A group of protesters also occupied a TransCanada pipeline facility in Hamilton for several hours last month in a similar show of solidarity.
Work is continuing on the TransCanada-owned pipeline while Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership is still fighting the project, calling for a stop work order from the province.
Members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have also alleged that Coastal GasLink has unnecessarily destroyed traplines and bulldozed tents on their land.
The work taking place along the forest service road past Unist'ot'en is viewed by pipeline proponents as scheduled pre-construction work on a welcome, $40 billion natural gas project that has all the necessary approvals.
For those opposed it is seen as the unlawful destruction of a landbase, according to Wet'suwet'en law, in an era when governments are publicly committed to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
With files from Chantelle Bellrichard