'No Enbridge' Vancouver Rally Draws Thousands (PHOTOS)

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Jesse Ferreras
Jesse Ferreras

Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Saturday to protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Taking place around 2 p.m. near Science World, the rally was part of the Canada-wide Defend Our Climate day of action which saw events happening all over the country, Global News reports. It was a chance for those opposing the Northern Gateway proposal to speak up, and speak loud.

"The government seems to be intent on going ahead, with no brakes on the process, in developing energy projects like the Enbridge pipeline, without any concerns for the environmental effects,” protester Anne-Marie St. Laurent told The Vancouver Sun.

Earlier this month, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford announced that they had reached a pipeline agreement after over a year of on-again, off-again meetings.

"This has really become a conversation about a gateway to global warming, about a symbol that represents a fight that's so much bigger than any one particular pipeline," ForestEthics Advocacy's Ben West, who was handing out rally flyers last week, told the Georgia Straight. "[It's] really part of a much bigger conversation about the tar sands, about climate change, about indigenous rights, about the power of corporations—and the strength of citizen movements to do something about it."

Check out some photos from the rally:

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