Two arrests made at demonstration in Burnaby


2018-08-01 14:09 PDT

File # 18-32807

On August 1, 2018, Burnaby RCMP arrested two people involved in ongoing demonstrations in Burnaby.

The demonstrators were arrested in the 7000-block of Bayview Drive after breaching a court-ordered Injunction which stated that they could not obstruct, impede or otherwise prevent access to Trans Mountain Facilities. Demonstrators were provided a copy of the injunction and given an opportunity to leave or face arrest. Despite being asked to leave, these demonstrators failed to do so and were arrested. Those arrested have since been released and will appear in court over the coming weeks.

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.

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.

More information on the role of Burnaby RCMP in policing these ongoing demonstrations can be found here on the Burnaby RCMP website.

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Burnaby RCMP Media Relations
604 646 9900

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