Burrard Street Bridge protest ends in 10 late night arrests

Oct 8 2019, 9:35 am

Police say that nearly a dozen people were arrested on the Burrard Street Bridge on Monday night, after a day-long protest against climate change.

The bridge was occupied by Extinction Rebellion, a UK-based group that attempted to occupy bridges all across Canada as part of its #BridgeOut campaign.

The protest began at 8 am and within hours, hundreds of people occupied the Burrard Street Bridge, closing traffic in both directions until the late evening.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department says that between 10 to 11 pm, however, officers were “forced to arrest” 10 people who refused to leave the bridge.

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“Police were forced to arrested 10 people for obstruction of justice after they refused to leave the bridge despite receiving several requests, and then warnings, from officers,” reads a statement from Sergeant Aaron Roed, VPD Spokesperson.

Roed says that otherwise, “the protest was peaceful with no major incidents until the arrest.”