Filed under: Action, British Columbia, Communique, Indigenous, Solidarity
The following communique was submitted anonymously to It’s Going Down which we reprint here.
Tags: #WetsuwetenStrong #ShutDownCanada
Inspired by the blockades and actions being taken across Turtle Island, we set out to do our part. After hearing the news of impending police enforcement on the Mohawks in Tyendinaga, we took immediate action. Early Monday morning, under the cover of darkness, several groups attempted to establish rail signalling blocks targeting the transport of capital from so-called “Vancouver.” We tripped signal systems on all main lines leaving the Port of Vancouver.
We cannot speak on the behalf of all members of this action about some overarching goal or intention. Our comrades who partook in these actions come from a whole array of different leftist and post-leftist ideologies with different (or lack of) end goals and targets. However, we are united by our strategy of autonomous action and targeting infrastructure/causing economic sabotage to act in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en #shutdowncanada
We organized our action with a clandestine cell structure. Within each group we decided for ourselves where and how we would attack. From the initial meeting where this project was born, a general protocol was devised and agreed upon and from then on we acted on our own. Through decentralization we kept our network more secure and reduced the risk of surveillance. Through autonomy we were best able to accommodate for the specific desires and security needs of everyone involved. Although the rail companies try to hide it, breaking signalling systems can be very easy. This prevents trains from passing until the block has been cleared.
We will only become more effective in our action from here. We are learning how to organize ourselves autonomously and securely. We are learning the structure of the rail infrastructure by directly disrupting it. We are learning how to work alongside mass mobilizations by taking initiative through action. And we are not alone! Just as there are many mobilizations of blockades across Turtle Island, there are many of us, many targets, and many ways to attack.
We fight with Wet’suwet’en. We fight with Tyendinaga. We fight until the end. As the State exposes and escalates to new forms of repression, we will in turn find new ways to shut down this country.