Over the weekend Facebook suspended hundreds of social media accounts belonging to Indigenous, environmental and social justice organizations.
The organizations were co-hosts of an online rally targeting the U.S. private investment company KKR, a key backer of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The rally was also in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation who have opposed the pipeline project, which would cut through their sovereign territory.
For three days accounts were locked without explanation due to apparent “copyright infringement.” The organizations were also co -hosts of an online Facebook event targeting KKR last May.
Organizers with Wet’suwet’en Solidarity have said:
“It’s not a surprise that KKR & Co is trying to suppress the attention this movement is getting. Our May 7th online rally, livestreamed on Facebook, featuring frontline camp members who spoke about state repression and corporate violence was watched by over 17,000 people! This attempt by KKR to silence us will bring even more attention to the unjust, racist and wrongful actions KKR is taking by investing in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline.”
For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show, this is Theresa Church from Global Justice Ecology Project.