One day after protests were held in the area of Vancouver General Hospital and Vancouver City Hall about COVID-19 vaccination issues, a protest for a different reason blocked traffic in the same area.
Environmental advocacy and climate activist group Extinction Rebellion Vancouver organized a protest on September 2, with plans to march from city hall to the Cambie Bridge, in solidarity with demonstrators at the Fairy Creek blockade, who are seeking to protect one of the last remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island from logging.
According to the Vancouver Police Department, about 75 people marched from city hall to the intersection of West Broadway and Cambie Street around 5 p.m. on September 2.
At that location, the protesters staged a die-in by lying on the street, which blocked traffic for several hours.
“Officers asked the group to leave several times and verbal arrest warnings were given,” VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin stated in a news release. “Most of the group dispersed, but two people refused.”
Around 7 p.m., police arrested one man for mischief and one woman on an outstanding warrant.
On the same day, RCMP arrested four individuals at Fairy Creek. So far, RCMP have arrested 843 individuals at the blockade.