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UPDATE: Halifax joins global protests against Keystone XL pipeline

Council of Canadians members and activists, including health care campaigner Adrienne Silnicki, are protesting outside the US Consulate in Halifax at this hour in solidarity with the ongoing non-violent civil disobedience actions in Washington, DC against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Silnicki reports that American tourists from a cruise ship docked in the Halifax harbour are now at the protest, signing a petition against the pipeline and taking our materials.

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald and Global TV are covering the protest.

Solidarity rallies are taking place around the world, including in Cairo, Durban, Wellington, Rio de Janeiro, Bonn, Berlin, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, and Lima. More at http://www.tarsandsaction.org/global-solidarity-tar-sands-action/.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue were outside the White House on Wednesday morning to express solidarity with those gathered there to stop the pipeline. In the afternoon, they delivered a letter to the Canadian embassy in Washington calling on the ambassador to stop lobbying in favour of the pipeline with US officials, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10223. On August 29, two members of the Calgary chapter were arrested at the peaceful sit-in outside the White House, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10177.

843 people have been arrested outside the White House since the anti-pipeline protest began on August 20. Harden-Donahue, who is still in Washington today, says that 160 people could be arrested today, pushing the number to over 1,000.

More soon.