Four people arrrested on opening day of Extinction Rebellion Vancouver's October uprising

They were taken into custody when the group blocked the intersection of West Georgia and Burrard streets

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      A group of Vancouver climate activists succeeded in their goal of tying up traffic for a while in the downtown core.

      Today (October 16), four members of the grassroots group Extinction Rebellion Vancouver were taken into custody for sitting in the intersection of West Georgia and Burrard streets.

      They were there to draw attention to the climate crisis two weeks before world leaders are scheduled to discuss this subject at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

      According to police, the two men and two women were arrested for mischief and were released pending a future court date after being driven to jail

      “A group of 50 people marched to the intersection of Georgia and Burrard streets Saturday afternoon,” VPD Const. Tania Visintin said in a news release. “There, 13 people staged a 'die-in' by laying on the ground. This impacted vehicle traffic throughout downtown.”

      The arrests came on the first day of what the activists are calling a 14-day "October Rebellion". Today's action was taken in honour of Wet'suwet'en people who are battling the Coastal GasLink pipleine.

      "Two weeks of constant disruption aims to put the climate and ecological emergency in the national media spotlight and push the provincial and federal governments to end all fossil fuel subsidies," Extinction Rebellion Vancouver said in a news release issued today.

      Tomorrow (October 17), demonstrators willl gather in Grandview Park at noon before blocking traffic at Commercial and East Broadway. It's being done to call attention to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, which will result in more annual greenhouse-gase emissions than are currently being released each year in B.C. 

      "With extreme heat, fires, droughts, and flooding affecting communities across the country, it’s become increasingly clear that we are facing a major catastrophe," the group noted in its news release. 

      It quoted an 18-year-old student named Blake, who said: “I shouldn’t have to be here, but I’ve got another 50 [to] 60 years left on this planet. The government needs to keep its promise of ending subsidies.”