Kinder Morgan protesters arrested on Burnaby Mountain

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More than a dozen police officers arrived on Burnaby Mountain Thursday morning with an injunction to arrest any remaining Kinder Morgan protestors camped out on the site. While many protestors obliged with the court order, about a dozen have been arrested for not vacating the camp, though no official number has been released by the RCMP.

The protestors are fighting back against Kinder Morgan’s proposal to run a Trans Mountain pipeline under Burnaby Mountain and begin survey work in the area. Earlier this week, up to 300 people remained at the site after a court-ordered deadline asked them to vacate by 4 p.m. Monday.

Over the last few days, police have kept a strong and friendly presence on the mountain, warning protestors that they could be arrested at any time.

“At all times during this process the Burnaby RCMP has strived to maintain the balance between the need to maintain public safety and civil order and the democratic right to hold demonstrations,” Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Major John Buis told the CBC this morning.

This morning, a large amount of RCMP arrived and began their arrests. They have now cordoned off the area with police tape, threatening anyone who remains behind the line that they are subject to arrest.

Access to the site is now blocked at the bottom of Centennial Way, preventing any more people from entering the protest zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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