FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed three people were arrested Wednesday during protests against the Site C dam.
According to a press release late Wednesday, the first person, former PRRD Director Arthur Hadland was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. after a call to the RCMP suggested protestors were blocking the roadway into the construction site.
When officers arrived on scene, they found a man and woman with their backs to a pick-up truck blocking it and other vehicles from entering the work site. Both parties were asked to move by the RCMP. Hadland refused, even after being told he was breaking the law. Hadland was arrested for mischief. The female was escorted to the side of the road by another protester.
Then at noon, the RCMP were again called to the construction site because protestors were blocking the entrance to the construction site.
The RCMP state ample warning was issued to all protestors that they were free to move to the side of the road and continue their protest. Two more individuals were arrested after failing to move.
Detachment Commander Insp. Mike Kurvers released this statement, “the RCMP respects the right to democratic and lawful protest and even facilitates that right, while protecting any members of the public who may be attending events related to this dispute. In this case, we are enforcing the criminal code and are investigating any and all complaints and where sufficient evidence exists to support criminal charges, information will be forwarded to Crown Counsel for consideration of charge approval.”
David Conway with BC Hydro says the Crown Corporation respects the right of all individuals to peacefully protest and express their opinions about Site C in a safe and lawful manner.
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Here are more photos from the protest.