Special prosecutor approves charges against Extinction Rebellion activists who protested at Premier Horgan's home

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      On February 18, Vancouver Island climate protesters decided to visit Premier John Horgan's home and attempt a citizens' arrest.

      Extinction Rebellion activists launched this action in Langford in response to the RCMP's enforcement of a court injunction on traditional Wet'suwet'en territory in northern B.C.

      The demonstrators maintained that this violated Wet'suwet'en, Canadian, and international law.

      But rather than Horgan being taken into custody, three of the activists—Howard Gerard Breen, Regine Monika Klein, and Mark William Nykanen—were arrested by the West Shore RCMP.

      Today, the B.C. Prosecution Service announced that special prosecutor Dirk Ryneveld has approved mischief charges against the trio.

      They are scheduled to appear in Colwood Provincial Court on July 15.

      Breen is a long-time B.C. environmental activist and a policy analyst with the LeftHand Media Co-op. Klein is a Victoria nutritional adviser. And Nykanen is a veteran environmental journalist and novelist who blogs on climate change.

      Nykanen was a four time Emmy Award–winning NBC correspondent. He later worked as press secretary for Jerry Brown when Brown sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.

      After Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in 2016, Nykanen and his wife, Lucinda Taylor, decided to move from Oregon to Canada.

      Video: Watch this 2019 interview with Mark Nykanen, who talked about a protest held outside the Victoria Times Colonist.