Update #35 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed

B.C., Lake Cowichan

2021-06-28 17:08 PDT

The following is a summary of the events that occurred between Saturday, June 26 and today, June 28, 2021.

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, police enforcement continued at an encampment in the Braden Mainline Forest Service Road area near Port Renfrew. During the course of the day, 7 individuals were arrested for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court) after they were removed from various locking devices. Among those arrested was one minor and their parent.

As police were leaving the area, at the conclusion of their day’s enforcement operation, a large group of individuals blocked the road near one of the access control points. Members of the Division Liaison Team (DLT) spoke with the group and advised that their action was in breach of the injunction. Many voluntarily left the area, however, 17 individuals remained and were arrested for obstruction.

All arrested persons were processed at the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment.

There were no planned or scheduled enforcements of the BC Supreme Court injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area on Sunday June 27, 2021. Therefore, no persons were arrested.

Police enforcement continued today, on Monday June 28, 2021. Due to the extreme weather, police efforts adjusted and focused on roving patrols and wellness checks within the injunction area. Several individuals were checked exiting protest camps and provided transport to the south access control point due to the heat.

Additionally, police members facilitated the medical evacuation of a worker who had injured their back. A call for assistance was also received from a volunteer Fire Chief responsible for the area. He was denied entry to an encampment in the Granite Creek area, while conducting patrols to check for forest fires. Police will attempt to facilitate access for him over the coming week.

Since enforcement began, the RCMP have now arrested 344 individuals; at least 14 of whom were previously arrested. Of the 344 total arrested, 254 were for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court), 82 were for obstruction, 4 were for mischief, 2 were for breaching their release conditions, 1 for counselling to resist arrest and 1 for assaulting a police officer.

All news releases on the Fairy Creek Watershed police enforcement issued to date can be found on the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment website.

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BC RCMP Communication Services
Tel: 778-290-2929
Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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