Update #1 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed
Lake Cowichan, B.C.
2021-05-18 16:00 PDT
The RCMP’s enforcement of the BC Supreme Court’s order granted to Teal-Cedar Products Ltd. continued today, May 18, 2021, following the establishment of a temporary access control area and check point along the McClure Forest Service Road yesterday (see previous release dated May 17, 2021). Operations began at approximately 8:00 a.m. today, when officers with the Division Liaison Team spoke with the protesters who were at an encampment along the forestry road, and advised that enforcement will begin. They were provided an opportunity to abide by the terms of the injunction and leave the area, or relocate to the designated protest/observation area set up by the enforcement team, or face arrest.
Enforcement officers read the court-ordered injunction to the protesters who remained at scene. During the course of day, several individuals refused to leave the area resulting in the arrest of 5 people for breaching the injunction order. One has been released after being processed at the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment. The other four are expected to be processed and released by end of day.
After consulting with those in charge of police enforcement operations, the process and procedure for media personnel wishing to enter the temporary access control area during enforcement hours and either before or after, have been amended. Please contact Cpl. Chris Manseau for further information.
Cpl. Chris Manseau
Division Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
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