Update #64 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed

Lake Cowichan

2021-08-01 09:49 PDT

 Police enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area continued today, on July 31, 2021 in the Reid Mainline and Braden Mainline areas.

During the course of the day, 3 individuals were arrested. 1 individual was arrested for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court), and 2 for obstruction. There were no arrests made on Friday July 30.

Officers facilitated numerous visits today by both protestors and tourists to Avatar Grove. There were no removals of contemnors in devices and police conducted wellness checks throughout the day. Also today, the RCMP Division Liaison Team (DLT) facilitated a cultural ceremony at a protest camp. However, this evening around 5:30 pm contemnors from the camps near a waterfall rushed the police line requiring re-enforcement resulting in the arrest of 3 individuals.

All individuals were processed and released in Port Renfrew.

Since enforcement began, the RCMP have now arrested 505 individuals; at least 29 of whom were previously arrested. Of the total arrested to date, 359 were for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court), 123 were for obstruction, 5 for a combination of obstruction and breaching their release conditions, 11 were for mischief, 3 were for breaching their release conditions, 4 for assaulting a police officer, 1 for counselling to resist arrest, and 1 wanted Canada-wide on warrants issued by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

All news releases on the Fairy Creek Watershed police enforcement issued to date can be found on the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment website.

Released by:

BC RCMP Communication Services
Tel: 778-290-2929
Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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