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Protesters have right to rally: Vancouver police

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 5:16 am PST

Protesters marching through the streets of Downtown Vancouver on Feb. 12, 2020. (Kelvin Gawley, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

Anti-pipeline demonstrations causing inconveniences

People have been questioning why officers don't dismantle such demonstrations sooner

Police won't reveal plans due to safety

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver police understand that the anti-pipeline demonstrations have been inconvenient for some, but protesters have the right to hold a rally.

Vancouver police Const. Tania Visintin said safety plans are in place to deal with the ongoing protests regarding the natural gas pipeline, but won’t reveal details, citing safety concerns.

Many people have been questioning why officers don’t dismantle such demonstrations sooner.

An anti-pipeline demonstration Wednesday blocked the Granville Street Bridge on the north end as part of a march through downtown Vancouver.

The day before, protesters blocked access to the Legislature in Victoria ahead of the Throne Speech, and took over a major intersection in Vancouver.

With no end in sight for demonstrations around B.C. and other parts of the country, Wet’suwet’en supporters are gathering Thursday for more action.

Protesters planned to gather at 9 a.m. on Vancouver’s West Side before moving on to their next target.

Visintin adds officers in multiple units within the department are working to gather intel on the ongoing protests.

“So, we are aware, we’re monitoring and we will continue to update the public as best we can.”