More than 1,000 protesters are ready to “cross the line” at an anti-Northern Gateway demonstration at the Legislature Monday.
Approximately 4,000 people have registered to take part in the high-profile “Defend Our Coast” day of action in Victoria.
Most of the participants – the demonstration has been endorsed by likes of actress Ellen Page, environmental groups, unions and activists – will be simply protesting, but Forest Action Network’s Zoe Blunt said Sunday more than 1,000 are ready to engage in civil disobedience and tempt the law to show their opposition to Enbridge’s proposed pipeline.
“I’ve never seen people so adamant about an issue in my lifetime,” said Blunt, who was running protesters through a civil disobedience training course Sunday. “It’s really extraordinary. I’ve never seen such broad and deep support, but also such strong opposition. A lot of people don’t just oppose the pipeline, they’re willing to do something to stop it.”
Blunt expects the action to be one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in the country’s history.
The peaceful protest and rally begins at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the legislature.
Activists then plan to break off from the rally and start their action, which may include a sit-in, at noon.