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Two arrested during protest at Vancouver MLA’s office

Two arrested during protest at Vancouver MLA’s office

The protest blocked traffic on a major city street Tuesday afternoon.

Two people were arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) yesterday, Sept. 13, following a protest on Broadway.

The protesters were in front of Vancouver MLA George Heyman’s constituency office; he is also the provincial minister of environment and climate change. The police believe that up to 40 people attended the protest that closed Broadway near Ash Street in late afternoon.

“The protest obstructed eastbound vehicle traffic along Broadway Avenue,” said VPD Cst. Tania Visintin in a press release. “The protesters were given several warnings to get out of the way. The majority of the protesters moved towards the sidewalk, but two people refused. ”

They were arrested for accident and intimidation for blocking the road. They have been released and have a future court date.

The protest involved Extinction Rebellion Vancouver and supported the ongoing Fairy Creek protest west of Victoria, where there have been nearly 1,000 arrests.

The local Extinction Rebellion chapter has two more similar protests planned for the same place today and tomorrow. They have called the three-day protests “3 days of love and rage.”

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