25 arrests made at demonstrations in Burnaby


2018-03-23 16:16 PDT

On March 23, 2018, Burnaby RCMP arrested 25 people involved in ongoing demonstrations in Burnaby.

Twenty five demonstrators were arrested in the 8000-block of Shellmont Street after breaching a court ordered Injunction which stated that they could not obstruct, impede or otherwise prevent access to Trans Mountain Facilities. These demonstrators were provided a copy of the injunction and given an opportunity to leave. Despite being asked a number of times to leave, these demonstrators failed to do so and were arrested. Each of these demonstrators have since been released and all are due to appear in court over the coming weeks.

In addition to the arrests without incident at the site, Burnaby RCMP officers were earlier called to the 7900-block of Shellmont Street for a mischief to a vehicle. Burnaby RCMP are seeking additional information from the public and issued a news release earlier today in relation to this event.

Burnaby RCMP would like to remind demonstrators that they have a right to lawful, peaceful and safe protest and the companies have a right to complete their work. Burnaby RCMP is working hard to ensure that these rights are respected and everyone is kept safe. We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to those demonstrators who remain peaceful and co-operative.

The Injunction Order and police Enforcement Clause recognize the RCMP’s discretion to decide how and when to enforce the Injunction Order. The Court issues the Order, and then the police determine how to implement the Court's Injunction Order.

The primary concerns of the police are public safety, police officer safety, and preservation of the rights of demonstrators to their freedoms of expression, association and mobility, as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The RCMP will continue to monitor the situation and take action on a case by case basis, with a focus on enforcement should there be any criminal activities that pose a threat to the safety of individuals or property.

Burnaby RCMP Media Relations
604 646 9900



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