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Charges dropped for Trans Mountain protesters who rappelled off Iron Workers Memorial

Last Updated Oct 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm PDT

Greenpeace protesters hang from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge on July 3, 2018 (Source: flickr/Greenpeace Canada)
Summary

Charges must be in the public's interest and have a 'substantial likelihood' of conviction based on the evidence

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Activists who hung off the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge in the summer to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will not face charges.

The BC Prosecution Service says charges against the 12 Greenpeace protesters were not approved as they did not satisfy requirements set out by Crown Counsel, which state that a prosecution must be in the public’s interest and there “must be a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the investigating agency.”

In a Facebook post, the environmental activists welcome the dropped charges, but say that “many defenders have faced or still face potential jail time for defending the land, water and climate from the damages the Trans Mountain pipeline would bring to it.”

Charges Dropped For Bridge Blockade Activists!

BREAKING: All charges against the activists involved in the aerial blockade of the Trans Mountain pipeline & tanker project have been DROPPED!Over 220 people have been arrested standing up to this pipeline. While charges against these 12 activists have been dropped, many defenders have faced or still face potential jail time for defending the land, water and climate from the damages the Trans Mountain pipeline would bring to it.In pipeline fights across North America and around the world, water protectors are criminalized for standing up for the land air and water. We stand in solidarity with those incarcerated and criminalized while fighting for clear air, clean water, and a healthy future.We stand together. We aren’t free till we’re all free. #NoTMX

Posted by Greenpeace Canada on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

 

The dozen activists hung off the bridge for more than 34 hours in July, blocking tanker traffic before being taken down by police.