Filed under: Action, Anarchist Movement, Communique, Indigenous, Solidarity, Southeast
The following communique was sent anonymously to It’s Going Down and is reprinted below.
In the late hours of Thursday, March 5th, we shut down the Greensboro-Raleigh railroad line, used by both Norfolk Southern and Amtrak, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nations people and their struggle against the Coastal GasLink pipeline which threatens their land. This action was done easily and safely in a remote area, by connecting a thick copper wire from one rail to the other signalling that the line was “blocked.” No workers or commuters are put at risk by this simple tactic.
For months, Native peoples and their accomplices across so-called “Canada” have been blockading key infrastructure, particularly rail-lines, in order to pressure the Canadian State to withdraw the project. As capital does not stop flowing at the border, we thought it would be appropriate to do the same. Their struggle is a beautiful illustration at how effective we can be when rallies, office occupations, communal blockades, and acts of sabotage combine together to form a decentralized and fiercesome whole.
In an election year, their struggle is also a sadly poignant reminder for US radicals of what exactly can be expected of the Left in power, as Trudeau’s government has sought to crush this indigenous-led insurgency with force, “reconciliation,” and appeals to the “rule of law.” We send our love to our comrades up North, and hope small gestures such as these may keep you just a little warmer.
– some anarchists