One arrest made at demonstration in Burnaby

burnaby.rcmp.ca

2021-01-18 08:29 PST

File # 21-1878

On January 16, 2021, Burnaby RCMP arrested one person involved in ongoing demonstrations in Burnaby.

The demonstrator was arrested in the 8000-block of Government Street after breaching a court ordered Injunction which stated that they could not obstruct, impede or otherwise prevent access to Trans Mountain work sites. This demonstrator was read a copy of the injunction and given an opportunity to leave or face arrest. Despite being asked a number of times to leave, this demonstrator failed to do so and was arrested. The demonstrator has 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.

Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
burnaby.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704

Email: burnaby_rcmp_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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