Update #36 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed

B.C., Lake Cowichan

2021-06-29 17:33 PDT

Police enforcement continued today, on June 29, 2021, with a focus on roving patrols and wellness checks within the injunction area.

During the course of the day, individuals were found to be locked in various devices. One person was arrested for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court), after voluntarily unlocking from their device.

Despite the severe weather conditions, officers have noticed that protesters continue to use very dangerous methods of breaching the injunction.

We are extremely concerned with the type of tactics being shown by the contemnors, putting themselves in increasing and serious risk of injury or worse, says Superintendent John Brewer, Gold Commander of the RCMP Community-Industry Response Group. The RCMP has taken significant efforts to address the risks with our specially trained experts, and by conducting medical assessments before, during and after extraction based on the tactics we are seeing. There is no need to attach chains or locks around their necks, or literally stich or glue themselves together as a form of protest. Lawful and peaceful protest can take place without these dangerous practices.

The RCMP remain committed to ensuring the safety of everyone involved. However, individuals need to be aware that the remote location of the injunction area is very far from the local medical centre or hospital. There will be significant delays for either emergency services to attend the location, or for our medically trained personnel to transport individuals with more serious and urgent injuries requiring further treatment. We urge everyone to refrain from putting themselves at greater risk of serious bodily harm.

We also wish to advise that BC Wildfire Service has announced that campfires, as well as Categories 2 and 3 open fires will be prohibited province-wide as of noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 due to extreme high temperatures. Police will be facilitating access for officials to conduct checks for forest fires in the area over the coming days and weeks to enforce these bans.

After a review of arrest numbers and breakdown was completed today, we have made an amendment to our totals since enforcement began. The RCMP have now arrested 343 individuals; at least 22 of whom were previously arrested. Of the 343 total arrested, 264 were for breaching the injunction (civil contempt of court), 69 were for obstruction, 5 were for mischief, 2 were for breaching their release conditions, 2 for assaulting a police officer, and 1 for counselling to resist arrest.

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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