Vancouver police arrest four after ‘die-in’ blocks downtown intersection
On Sunday, the group plans to march along Commercial Drive before blocking traffic at Commercial and Broadway. Extinction Rebellion is planning 14 days of “constant disruption” intended to urge the provincial and federal governments to end all fossil fuel subsidies.
Vancouver police arrested two men and two women for mischief after they allegedly blocked the intersection of Georgia and Burrard streets on Saturday afternoon.
A group of about 50 protesters with the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion Canada marched to the intersection before 13 of them staged a “die-in” by laying on the ground.
“This impacted vehicle traffic throughout downtown,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin.
The protesters were asked to move off the road after they were given time to express their views, said a police press release. Four people were arrested for mischief.
The die-in was the first in a two-week series of protests planned by Extinction Rebellion ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, which starts Oct. 31.
On Sunday, the group plans to march along Commercial Drive before blocking traffic at Commercial and Broadway to call on the government to stop the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion.
“We are going to be arrested in the streets,” member Brent Eichler told Postmedia in an earlier interview. “(Trudeau) is going to face the embarrassment of not just telling world leaders why he has failed on the promises he has made, but why citizens of his own country are sitting on the streets and being arrested because he won’t act.”
He said protesters will be non-violent, but they also won’t be afraid of arrests.
Protests are planned for major intersections including Burrard and Georgia streets and Broadway and Commercial, as well as the Burrard Street and Cambie Street bridges.
A protest is planned for Oct. 25 to shut down access to Vancouver International Airport.
Eichler said he recognized the planned protests could be disruptive, but “strong action” is needed to get politicians to act.
“Our goal is to fill the jails with our bodies until government act,” he said. “We are sorry if people’s lives are disrupted, but there is no other way to do this.”
Extinction Rebellion plans two-week ‘October Rebellion’ in Vancouver streets
“I didn’t expect the premier to pull up and talk to us but I feel very, very disappointed by the NDP who I have supported my entire life.” Brent Eichler
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