Arrests made as anti pipeline protesters block Vancouver ports
VANCOUVER — Police have begun enforcing a court injunction preventing protesters from blocking several entrances to the Port of Vancouver and at DeltaPort, south of the city.
Officers arrived at around 5am after the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority obtained the injunction following protests affected port operations through the weekend.
Protesters say they are acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline across their traditional territories in northwestern British Columbia.
Demonstrators at two entrances to the Vancouver port say 15 people were taken into custody at one location, while at least three had been arrested before 7 a.m. at the main protest site blocking access to several port terminals on the edge of downtown Vancouver.
A spokeswoman for the protesters says officers are also enforcing the injunction at the entrance to DeltaPort and port webcams show officers escorting people away from a blockade.
Neither Delta Police nor officials in Vancouver have commented on enforcement plans or the exact number of demonstrators taken into custody.