Police attack youth at ‘Beat the Pipelines’ march in Vancouver

Footage posted to Youtube on Thursday shows police brutalizing a youth at a “Beat the Pipelines” May Day gathering in Vancouver, BC.  

The incident occured during a protest against pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Alberta into export hubs in BC. Witnesses say the teenager was photographing the protest from atop a bicycle when members of the Vancouver Police Department forced him off his bike and pinned him down on the sidewalk. 

“Please stop, I’m a minor,” the teenager screams as an officer kicks him twice in his lower back and stomach region.

As BC increasingly becomes an epicenter for processing and transporting North America’s fossil fuels — including coal, tar sands oil, and liquified natural gas from fracking — demonstrations against  government and energy corporations have become more and more combative. Many in the region view the approval processes for new fossil fuel infrastructure as sham. 

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On Sept 19, 2023 ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in New York City, climate activists gathered for a rally and civil disobedience outside Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan as part of the March to End Fossil Fuels wave of actions resulting in multiple arrests. Activists demand Bank of America to “Defund Climate Chaos and Defend Human Rights” Photo: Erik McGregor (CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed)

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