Thousands of protesters demonstrated against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline Monday in B.C., vowing to lie down in front of bulldozers if necessary.
When asked by a speaker whether they were willing to block machinery if the project is approved, thousands shouted "Yes!"
However, the demonstration in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria didn't take the violent turn that some expected it to. Organizers had said demonstrators would be carrying out acts of civil disobedience during the protest and expected people would be arrested.
In fact, roughly 300 people had attended a day-long training session Sunday where they were instructed on the dos and don'ts of civil disobedience, including which actions would likely result in arrest and what to do once in police custody.
Instead, the demonstrations Monday remained peaceful and there were no such acts during a sit-in organized by First Nations, unions and environmental ...