Last Updated on February 13, 2020
Dashcam footage has surfaced from Courtenay in British Columbia, Canada that shows a truck accelerating straight through a presumably illegal highway protest blockade.
In the video, protestors can be seen taking up positions on both sides of the road, holding banners.
The driver accelerates as the guitar riffs of Motley Crue’s “Take Me to the Top” blare out of the cabin windows.
A Confederate flag on the dashboard flaps in the wind as the truck accelerates through the blockade. A protester appears to briefly try to stand in the lifted truck’s path before stepping to the side and holding a banner in front of the vehicle.
The truck unceremoniously plows through the banner and quickly leaves the protest in the rear view mirror and crosses over the highway’s grass median.
The person filming in the passenger seat yells “F*** yeah” over the crescendo of Motley Crue riffs.
According to Global News Canada, the protesters were a member of an indigenous tribe protesting oil pipelines, and the police are “investigating” the incident.
“The RCMP are investigating the actions of this driver and if anyone recognizes this truck, and can identify the registered owner please contact the RCMP,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau in an email.
Demonstrators eventually ended their blockade due what they described as “serious, violent racial threats.”
“We have received threats online from individuals, so what’s really important is the safety of our people here and that we make decisions based on that peace being first and foremost in the direct action we’re taking in support of the Wet’suwet’en people,” said Kiyoshi Koski, one of the people blockading the highwway.
The video has since gone viral on social media, and garnered a polarized response from both sides of the political spectrum.