Update #121 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed
Police enforcement of the injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area has been ongoing, with continued focus on keeping the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road and other corridors free from any obstructions, devices and open for industry access.
Earlier today, on December 2, 2021, RCMP were called to the main gate on the Pacific Marine Road, where a large number of individuals were blocking road access. Upon arrival, police read the injunction to the crowd and provided them the opportunity to leave or risk being arrested. Most voluntarily moved, but a few individuals decided to remain.
A total of 12 individuals were physically carried off the roadway, allowing industry vehicles to travel through. Once the road was re-opened to traffic, the 12 individuals were arrested; 10 of whom for breaching the injunction (contempt of court), 1 for obstruction after refusing to move off the road, and 1 for mischief after attempting to place a sticker on a police vehicle.
11 of the arrested individuals were processed and then released in Port Renfrew. One individual who was arrested for breaching the injunction (contempt of court) refused to identify themselves, and so was held in custody.
Police are still searching for the individuals who assaulted officers on November 29, and enhanced patrols of the corridor will continue to ensure the roads remain clear of obstructions.
Since enforcement began, the RCMP have arrested 1188 individuals; 110 of whom were previously arrested with a combined total of 261 times. Of the total arrested, 919 were for breaching the injunction (contempt of court), 222 were for obstruction, 22 were for mischief, 10 were for breaching their release conditions, 12 were for assaulting a police officer, 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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