Jul 23rd, 2008
A truck belonging to the construction company Peter Kiewit Sons’ was torched on Tuesday, July 22 in response to the company’s involvement in widening the Sea to Sky Highway in unceded Coast Salish territory (illegally occupied by the Canadian government as “British Columbia”).
The highway is being expanded to accommodate increased traffic for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and has drawn intense opposition on both ecological and social grounds. “This highway development, along with the new high speed train line linking the airport to downtown, and the construction of new power lines through Tsawwassen communities, is paving the way for an intensification of development, resource extraction, tourism, ecological devastation and repression,” an anonymous communiqué read.
A wide variety of direct actions, from protest to sabotage, continue to take place in opposition to the colonialism inherent in the 2010 Olympics. This is not the first time that Kiewit has been targeted: In May, another truck was burned after Kiewit called on police to break up a land occupation that had been obstructing work on the highway.
“PK+S constructs the spaces that house many institutions of physical as well as social control, including air force and navy operations centers, mines, dams, highways, and industrial nuclear experimentation facilities. This act, for us, was an attack against repression and those who construct its systems,” that communiqué read.
Regarding the most recent action, the anonymous warriors said:
“This action was done in solidarity with people attacking capitalist projects everywhere, from Six Nations and their battles in Ontario to the people who made “deep cuts” in the new power line poles and threatened developers with crowbars in Tsawwassen. We are at war, and our promise to developers and the pigs that protect them, their projects and world is simple: as long as you build alienation and exploitation into our lives and territory, we will not hesitate to consume your nightmares with our fire!”