Crews clean Johnson Street Bridge deck after mural painted by protesters


Crews were sent to clean the deck of the Johnson Street Bridge Sunday morning, after protesters painted a mural during a demonstration.

Demonstrators in support of some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs fighting a natural gas pipeline blocked major roadways around downtown Victoria Saturday.

After shutting down traffic in the Fort and Douglas they moved on to block the Johnson Street bridge just after 3 p.m.. While on the bridge they painted a mural across the deck that said “No Consent, No Access,” referring to efforts by Coastal Gaslink company to build on Wet’suwet’en territory.

READ MORE: Anti-pipeline protests shut down major roads in Victoria

Officials with the City of Victoria says they redirected crews this morning to wash the paint off, and after a full inspection they say there was no other damage.

They went on to say crews were only briefly redirected to clean up the paint.

The paint used was tempera solution, a natural based water soluble solution made traditionally from eggs. Other ingredients used were not natural.

READ MORE: Bridges, buildings, railways, streets focus of anti pipeline protests

It’s was part of a Canada-wide movement. #ShutDownCanada was trending on Twitter, and protests shut down many roads, ports, bridges and railways


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