Update #97 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed

Lake Cowichan

2021-09-11 20:05 PDT

Friday night a group of individuals bypassed an Access Control Point (ACP) and were later seen dragging obstructions onto the forest service roads.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. one of the contemnors fell down a ravine and injured their head. Despite the injury, it took sometime for police to negotiate with the contemnors to clear the road so their colleague could be transported. They eventually moved, the road was cleared, and police transported the individual by vehicle to a waiting EHS ambulance. Protesters rebuilt the obstacles after police left. The current condition of the individual is unknown.

Police enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area continued today, on September 11, 2021, with ongoing efforts to keep the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road and other corridors free from any obstructions, devices or protester camps.

During enforcement patrols in the morning, a group of individuals were encountered in few small camps, several were arrested and all areas were cleared. Also towards the end of the day an individual previously arrested attempted to enter the area and was arrested again. A total of 7 people were arrested today for breaching the injunction (contempt of court) and released in Port Renfrew.

Enhanced evening patrols will continue tonight and tomorrow.

Since enforcement began, the RCMP have arrested 989 individuals; 110 of whom were previously arrested with a combined total of 261 times. Of the total arrested, 768 were for breaching the injunction (contempt of court), 188 were for obstruction, 16 were for mischief, 6 were for breaching their release conditions, 6 were for assaulting a police officer, 2 were for failing to comply with a court order, 1 for counselling to resist arrest, 1 for causing a disturbance, and 1 Immigration Act.

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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