Update #14 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed

B.C., Lake Cowichan

2021-06-02 20:23 PDT

Today, on June 2, 2021, police enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction order began in the Braden Creek area near Port Renfrew. On arrival, a large group of individuals were found to be blocking both directions of the forestry road. The court-ordered injunction was read and the group was provided an opportunity to leave the area or face arrest. 7 individuals refused to leave and were arrested for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court).

All arrested persons were transported to the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment for processing.

Within the enforcement area, individuals were found to be in locking devices on the roadway. Officers assessed those devices and were determined to be non-permanent fixtures. Given that individuals are able to free themselves from those devices, no one was removed today. A re-assessment will be made tomorrow or in subsequent days.

Since enforcement began, the RCMP have now arrested 158 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.

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