10 Climate Activists Arrested in Vancouver

Luke McGrath / October 8, 2019

Protestors arrived at the Burrard Bridge around 9:30 a.m. on Monday and blocked the bridge for over 15 hours.

Twitter / @XRVancouverBC

Vancouver Police arrested 10 people on the Burrard Bridge last night during a protest as part of the Extinction Rebellion movement.10 activists were arrested for obstruction of justice after refusing to leave the bridge, despite several requests and warnings from police. The protest was one of approximately 60 demonstrations around the world as part of the Extinction Rebellion, a worldwide movement demanding instant action to fight climate change.

“The protest was peaceful with no major incidents until the arrests.” – Sergeant Aaron Roed, VPD Media Relations Officer

In a statement this morning, VPD Sergeant Aaron Roed said “The protest was peaceful with no major incidents until the arrest.” The arrests were made between 10 and 11 p.m. last night. Demonstrators completely blocked the Burrard Bridge for the entire day, only allowing emergency vehicles and pedestrians to pass.

The VPD tweeted this morning that the Burrard Bridge re-opened at around 1 a.m. after being blocked by protestors for over 15 hours.

Arrests were made in two other Canadian cities that hosted Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. Around 18 people were arrested in Halifax and 12 in Toronto. Edmonton also hosted a rally, but no arrests have been reported. This is the second worldwide climate-change protest movement in three weeks, after the Climate Strike demonstrations that took place between September 20 and September 27, led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

The arrests were documented on the official Extinction Rebellion YouTube channel. Activists were given several warnings before police finally executed the arrests.