On Monday, September 26th 2011, more than 1,000 people people came together in Ottawa for a peaceful protest against tar sands oil and the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline will transport toxic tar sands across the continent from Alberta to Texas. If we are to address the climate crisis we need to move away from fossil fuels, particularly tar sands oil.
People from across Canada congregated at 10am at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill, where final instructions for the sit-in were shared at a solidarity rally.
The solidarity rally at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill at 10:00 am included statements from a range of speakers. It was also an opportunity to support sit-in participants. Unlike the sit-in, this rally was intended for broader participation and did not involve the risk of arrest.
After the rally, protesters gathered in front of the Canadian Parliament for an act of civil disobedience. Their message to the Harper government: The tar sands are killing First Nations people, polluting the water and contributing unacceptable levels of climate change causing greenhouse gases.
More than 180 people, in groupings of 32 waves are preparing to peacefully cross the police barricade in front of the Centre Block.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke momentarily before she joined the first wave of activists to pass over the fence.
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