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The last time protests interrupted B.C.’s throne speech, things got even uglier

Tuesday’s demonstration at the B.C. legislature was not the first time a throne speech was impacted by civil unrest.

Earlier this week, demonstrators gathered outside the province’s legislature building ahead of Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin’s speech from the throne to protest in solidarity with hereditary chiefs from Wet’suwet’en Nation who oppose the construction of a Coastal GasLink pipeline running through the First Nation’s territory.

Nearly 27 years ago, protesters furious over a very different environmental issue actually made their way inside the building, damaging property and injuring legislature staff.

It was March 12, 1993. Hundreds of protesters had gathered on the legislature lawn in Victoria, calling on the NDP government not to allow logging in Clayoquot Sound, a Vancouver Island temperate rainforest home to some of Canada’s oldest trees.

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