Two people arrested, one worker injured during ongoing demonstrations in Burnaby

Burnaby

2021-09-24 17:10 PDT

File # 21-34100/21-34095

On September 24, 2021 Burnaby RCMP arrested two people involved in ongoing demonstrations in Burnaby.

The first demonstrator was arrested around 9:30 a.m. after trespassing into a fenced area on private property owned by BNSF Railway, in violation of a court ordered injunction stating they could not obstruct, impede, or otherwise prevent access to Trans Mountain work sites.

Around 12 p.m., Burnaby RCMP officers returned to the area, responding to reports that a Trans Mountain worker had been injured after being struck on the head by a branch near an occupied tree-sit. The worker was knocked unconscious and has been taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries, including a possible concussion.

It appears the branch fell on the worker while the protester was repelling between tree-sits.

RCMP officers trained in high-angle rescue were called to the area. The demonstrator from the tree-sit safely came down on his own around 3:20 p.m.

The demonstrator was arrested on-scene. The incident remains under investigation.

Burnaby RCMP would like to remind the public and those who are involved in ongoing demonstrations that police are an impartial party and are there to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Demonstrators have a right to lawful, peaceful and safe protest and companies have a right to complete their work. Burnaby RCMP is working hard to ensure that these rights are protected and that all parties and the public are kept safe.

To request a copy of the injunction, click here.

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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