Protesters send message for Comox Valley RCMP detachment

People with placards lining the street. Photo by Mike ChouinardPeople with placards lining the street. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Demonstrators gathered on Ryan Road at the intersection with the RCMP detachment with messages about the latest confrontations in Fairy Creek. Photo by Mike ChouinardDemonstrators gathered on Ryan Road at the intersection with the RCMP detachment with messages about the latest confrontations in Fairy Creek. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The latest action was prompted by police treatments of people protesting old-growth logging. Photo by Mike ChouinardThe latest action was prompted by police treatments of people protesting old-growth logging. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Two hands, many signs. Photo by Mike ChouinardTwo hands, many signs. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The creation of exclusion zones was one of the issues. Photo by Mike ChouinardThe creation of exclusion zones was one of the issues. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Demonstrators set up on both sides of Ryan Road. Photo by Mike ChouinardDemonstrators set up on both sides of Ryan Road. Photo by Mike Chouinard

A group of activists gathered outside the Comox Valley RCMP detachment Monday afternoon to draw attention to police action against demonstrators at Fairy Creek.

Shortly before 1 p.m., there were about 30 people with placards, drums, bells, even a set of bagpipes, at the intersection of Ryan Road and Sandwick Road, to send a message, but it grew to at least double that by about 1:15 p.m. The gathering was part of a province-wide series of events in response to what demonstrators allege is RCMP brutality toward people in Ada’itsx/Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island since May. They point to the arrest of more than 700 people trying to halt logging of old-growth forests in B.C.

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The demonstrators have made allegations of increasingly aggressive tactics such as the use of pepper spray, as well as injuries, illegal arrests and the creation of arbitrary exclusions zones.

In a news release from Aug. 20, the RCMP noted they had, as in previous days, arrested people while blocking roadways and locked to devices in the ground. Of 40 arrested on Friday, eight were expected to face charges.



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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