The temporary exclusion zone on the Morice West Forest Service Road which blocked access to the media and public has been removed as of 3:15 p.m Friday, the RCMP said in a press release.
“Members of the public and media are now able to re-enter and travel on the road. The RCMP will continue their patrol of the corridor to ensure everyone’s safety,” read the release from District Advisory NCO Cpl. Madonna Saunderson.
The zone was set up earlier in the week southwest of Houston, British Columbia along the road leading to the Unist’ot’en camp farther south, where members of the Wet’suwet’en nation built a blockade barring access to LNG Canada pipeline workers.
In an earlier release today, the RCMP said it received reports from social media that a “Tripod structure” was put in the middle of the road and blocking access and that it had ceremonial significance.
The police force consulted and confirmed with the hereditary chief and Freda Huson that the structure was not ceremonial and that they wanted it be removed.
The incidents come hours after several work trucks passed through a police roadblock on their way to the Unist’ot’en camp to take down barriers that blocked workers from constructing a natural gas pipeline that runs through Wet’suwet’en territory.
A deal was reached on Thursday between the RCMP and hereditary chiefs under which they agreed to follow the court injunction and not block access to the work site.
Fourteen people were arrested on Monday when the RCMP enforced the injunction and took down the Gitdumden checkpoint.