Eight arrested after climate protest blocks Vancouver bridge


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Eight protesters have been arrested after blocking Vancouver’s Granville Street Bridge for several hours Sunday afternoon, according to police.

A spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department says between 30 and 40 people shut down the bridge, disrupting traffic.

“The protest was peaceful and the majority of the people left the bridge. Police were forced to arrest the remaining eight people for mischief and intimidation for blocking a roadway after several verbal warnings were given,” says Const. Tania Visintin in a statement, adding those arrested will likely be released with a promise to appear in court at a future date.

Organized by Extinction Rebellion, the demonstration was the second in a series.

“On May 1-5th, we will stop business as usual in our own lives, in the lives of the public, and of those in power. We withdraw our cooperation from the systems that are leading us and all our relations to calamity,” says a Facebook post.

On Saturday, five people were arrested after a blockade of the intersection of Granville and Georgia Streets.

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