VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Six people have been arrested after an hours-long blockade of the Cambie Bridge by Vancouver climate activists Saturday.
The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion to coincide with a demonstration in Victoria. the
“The action, featuring speakers, music, and art, will take place on the same day as a mass mobilization at the B.C. Legislature to call for an immediate end to old growth logging – an action initiated by the group blockading logging of the Fairy Creek watershed on unceded Pacheedaht territory,” says a statement from the group.
“Cutting down ancient forests not only destroys the rarest and most biodiverse habitat we have, it also trashes an extremely effective carbon sink and disturbs the soil, resulting in further CO2 emissions. These trees are a vital component of mitigating catastrophic warming and biodiversity loss on the planet and they deserve to be respected as ancient living beings – not ravaged for consumption.”
Die-in at Cambie and Broadway.
— Extinction Rebellion Vancouver (@XRVancouverBC) March 27, 2021
The Vancouver Police Department says about 150 people participated.
“After allowing the group to peacefully assemble and express themselves, VPD officers asked the protesters to step aside so the bridge could reopen. Four adult women and two adult men who refused to move were arrested
for mischief and intimidation by blocking a roadway,” says a statement from Sgt. Steve Addison.
— CityNews Vancouver (@CityNewsVAN) March 28, 2021