Update #12 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed
B.C., Lake Cowichan
2021-05-31 19:43 PDT
There were no planned or scheduled enforcements of the BC Supreme Court injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area over the weekend on Saturday May 29 and Sunday May 30, 2021. Therefore, no persons were arrested.
At about 9 a.m. on May 29, 2021, police were notified that individuals had started arriving in the Port Renfrew portion of the Fairy Creek Watershed, and eventually blocked traffic in both directions in the area. As there were no enforcement actions occurring at the time, the crowd was allowed to stay throughout the day.
Today, on Monday May 31, 2021, police enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction continued in the Port Renfrew area as individuals continued to blockade both directions of the forestry roads. On arrival, police were unable to get through the roadway as four vehicles were blocking their access. Four vehicles were towed out of the Gordon Mainline Forest Service Road and, by the end of the day, 5 individuals were arrested for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court) and 1 for obstruction. All arrested persons were transported to the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment for processing.
Since enforcement began, the RCMP have now arrested 142 individuals; at least 9 of whom were previously arrested. A full breakdown of how many were arrested for breaching the injunction and for obstruction is still pending.
All news releases on the Fairy Creek Watershed police enforcement issued to date can be found on the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment website.
BC RCMP Communication Services
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