Protesters plan to block an intersection in Vancouver today

Activists plan to “lock themselves into a structure and risk being arrested” for their grand finale of the October uprising.

A group of protesters calling on the BC government to take urgent action in the face of the climate crisis will hold its “grand finale” by blocking one of Vancouver’s main arteries on its way into Halloween weekend.

The Extinction Rebellions Vancouver chapter plans to block a major intersection Friday (October 29) night on the last day of its two-week demonstration in the city.

Extinction Rebellion member and president of Unifor Local 950 Brent Eichler tells Vancouver is amazing that the intersection is still indeterminate. “A snake march is a route that moves randomly through the streets, but eventually we will block an intersection.”

Eicher adds, however, that the intersection will be the “most disturbing we can find.”

The group meets in Nelson Park at 16.30 before marching through the center. Activists plan to “lock themselves into a structure and risk being arrested” for their grand finale of the October uprising.

Each day of the fourteen-day uprising had a specific theme, with the overarching demand to stop all subsidies for fossil fuel projects.

The group began the first of “14 days of disruption” in the city on Oct. 16 by blocking the intersection of Burrard and Georgia streets. The VPD said about 50 people marched through downtown Vancouver, and four of them were arrested.

So far, there have been a total of forty-nine arrests, including one in Nanaimo. But the group calls for “more arrests” during its final day of civil disobedience.

“It will make people angry.”

Eichler told VIA in an earlier interview that the group knows that their demonstrations will anger locals – especially those behind the wheel.

“We understand that, and we accept that there is no other way … because we tried all other ways,” he said, adding that the protesters must accept “great personal cost.”

David Suzuki attended Extinction Rebellion’s first of “October 14 disruption” on October 16, where he spoke to protesters and passersby.

The environmental group has demanded that Canada’s provincial and federal governments stop subsidizing fossil fuels before the 26th annual UN climate conference in Glasgow, which is something Suzuki said should happen.

“You know what the UN said in 2019: We are facing a loss of biodiversity, without precedent – and that threatens the human biosphere,” he told VIA in an earlier interview.

“How can we survive in a world where humans have taken over most of the planet, eliminated so many ecosystems and species? It’s really quite scary.”

Read a full interview with Suzuki about his thoughts on the local protests.

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