Police respond to protestors blocking Patricia Bay Highway
Sidney North Saanich
2022-06-13 13:57 PDT
File # 2022-2761
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP responded earlier this morning (June 13, 2022) after several protestors blocked the northbound traffic on the Patricia Bay highway in North Saanich, BC.
Just before 6:00 A.M., police responded after receiving a report that 12 to 15 protestors had set up a blockade across the highway which brought the northbound traffic to a complete stop.
Some protestors physically attached themselves to a physical structure, including one protestor perched on a ladder.
The protest created frustration amongst commuters who attempted to bypass this illegal blockade, stated Cpl. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP.
Those blockades are simply dangerous for protestors and for others. One protestor fell down on the pavement after the ladder collapsed and had to be transported to hospital as a result.
While we understand the commuters frustration, the RCMP does not condone illegal actions taken to bypass blockades he adds.
Police resources from the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, Island District RCMP, Central Saanich Police Service and specialized RCMP units such as the Obstacle Removal Team and Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) were utilized to safely dismantle the obstacles and arrest those responsible for the blockades.
This incident remains under investigation and police are asking with anyone with information to contact the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931.
Cpl. Alex BérubéDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
2881 Nanaimo St, Victoria, BC V8T 4Z8
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