Five Arrested for Protests Against Gas Pipeline, Assault on Officer
Five people were arrested in downtown Seattle during protests against access to land for setting up pipeline on Friday afternoon.
Around 100 demonstrators had blocked the street to support Wet’suwet’en Nation, a First Nations community in British Columbia in Canada. The community is against the court injunction that allowed a pipeline company access to their land.
According to the police, a scuffle ensued between the protestors and officers when they were asked to disperse. This led to the arrest of some of the demonstrators. One officer also sustained an injury during the struggle.
Among those arrested, there are three women and two men who were charged for failure to disperse, an assault on an officer, obstructing and resisting arrest.
The protests are happening across the country and in Canada in support of the community.