Site C Protestors Arrested
Fort, St. John, B.C. – Three people have been arrested at the Site C job site for blocking a roadway.
This morning, Ft. St. John RCMP responded to a report of protestors blocking accces to the Site C project.
Officers attended to find a man and a woman with their backs to a pick-up truck, blocking it and other vehicles from entering the private work site.
Both parties were requested by police to move to the side of the road. When the man refused, he was advised by police that he was committing a criminal offence by not moving and advised to move to the side of the road. When the man still refused he was arrested for mischief (Section 430 C.C.) advised of his rights and escorted to the RCMP Detachment to prevent the continuation of the offence. The female was escorted to the side of the roadway by one of the attending protestors.
A couple of hours later, police received a second call that more protestors were blocking the roadway. Officers attended and issued ample warning to all protestors that they were free to move to the side of the road to continue their lawful and peaceful protest. As a result of failure to comply, two more individuals were arrested and returned to the Detachment to be processed.
Detachment Commander Insp. Mike Kurvers added that
the RCMP respects the right to democratic and lawful protest and even facilitates that right, while protecting any members of the public who may be attending events related to this dispute. In this case, we are enforcing the criminal code and are investigating any and all complaints and where sufficient evidence exists to support criminal charges, information will be forwarded to Crown Counsel for consideration of charge approval.