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Two journalists released in Canada after arrest in indigenous protests – archyde

From Kanishka Singh

Supporters of the hereditary chiefs of Wet'suwet'en First Nation block train tracks in Toronto

Supporters of the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en First Nation block railroad tracks in Toronto

(Reuters) – Two journalists whose arrests were widespread last week during an indigenous protest against a pipeline in Canada were released on bail on Monday.

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Amber Bracken, an award-winning photojournalist who previously worked for the Guardian newspaper, and Michael Toledano, a documentary filmmaker, were arrested Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who were enforcing an injunction in British Columbia.

Over a dozen protesters were also arrested during the protest against TC Energy Corp’s Coastal GasLink pipeline.

“The two journalists were released after signing conditions to comply with the injunction, keep the peace and appear in court at a later date. The hearings for other convicts will continue, “police said in a statement on Monday / 3lmdbvV.

Coastal, which is owned by private equity firm KKR & Co Inc, Alberta Investment Management Corp and TC Energy, ruled the protests illegal and cited an injunction from the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2019.

Police said Monday that their relationship with the media “is based on mutual respect and professionalism”. The two journalists were not arrested for carrying out their work, but for violating the injunction, it said.

Toledano said he was arrested at gunpoint. “My arrest and detention were a punishment and an obvious attempt to suppress images of police violence against tribal peoples in Canada,” he said late Monday on Twitter

The Canadian Association of Journalists condemned the arrests and demanded the immediate release of the two journalists. Both are due to return to a court hearing on Feb. 14 on allegations of civil disregard for the court.

Hereditary chiefs of the Gidimt’en and the four other clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en have been trying to stop the construction of the pipeline for more than a year.

All of the 20 elected indigenous band councils along Coastal GasLink’s 415 mile (670 km) route support the project. But the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en insist that they have the last word.

($ 1 = 1.2701 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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