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Police arrest 10 people in Vancouver who joined Extinction Rebellion protest

Last Updated Oct 8, 2019 at 7:20 am PDT

File photo: Protesters blocked traffic on the Burrard Street Bridge on Oct. 7 to call for action to address climate change. (Kurtis Doering, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

10 people were arrested on Monday after Vancouver police said they refused to leave the Burrard Street Bridge

Protesters took to the bridge as part of a climate protest, joining others globally who held similar demonstrations

The VPD said the protest was peaceful with no major incidents until the arrests

VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say 10 people were arrested late Monday for obstruction of justice after they refused to leave the Burrard Street Bridge linking the city’s downtown to the west side.

They say between 10 and 11 p.m., “police were forced to arrest” environmental protesters who refused to leave the crossing, even after requests and warnings.

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According to the VPD, the protest, which joined similar demonstrations around the world as part of the global Extinction Rebellion movement urging more government action to fight climate change, was peaceful with no major incidents until the arrests.

Earlier in the day, traffic cameras showed several dozen demonstrators marching in the lanes of the bridge, one of three spans into the city’s downtown core.

The protesters said they would allow buses, emergency vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to cross the four-lane bridge, which sees about 55,000 vehicles a day.

Extinction Rebellion protests took place Monday in about 60 cities around the globe, including in Toronto, Halifax and Edmonton, with Montreal’s protest postponed until Tuesday because of rain.