climate protest partially closes Lions Gate Bridge – fr

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climate activists plan to close Lions Gate Bridge – fr


VANCOUVER – Police arrested several climate activists in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday and thwarted plans to protest oil pipelines and tanker traffic on the Lions Gate Bridge.

The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion as part of a five-day campaign of disruptive protests planned in the city.

Members had pledged to “occupy the bridge for as long as possible” while calling on the government to end fossil fuel exports through Burrard Inlet.

“Governments are not taking action to ensure a liveable planet for generations to come. To occupy this bridge is an act of desperation, ”Brent Eichler said in a statement released by the group ahead of the protest.

“They continue their business as usual while our planet is dying of a thousand wrongs. It is our sacred duty to protect what remains of life on Earth. “

About 50 people gathered near the entrance to Stanley Park around noon, then started walking towards Lions Gate Bridge.

The Vancouver Police Department said negotiators warned the group they would be arrested if they blocked the busy thoroughfare, but five people refused to leave and were taken to jail.

“While we respect the democratic right of peoples to assemble peacefully and express their views, we also understand how frustrating and inconvenient it is for people trying to move around the city when the roads and bridges are blocked, ”said Sgt. Steve Addison said in a press release.

Addison added that closing Lions Gate “for any length of time” would ensure a stalemate and could put lives at risk “.

Two other protesters were arrested later Monday for allegedly blocking traffic in the city’s West End.

Extinction Rebellion’s five-day protest began on Saturday, when protesters blocked the intersection of Georgia and Granville streets. Five people were also arrested during this demonstration.

On Sunday, protesters closed the Granville Street bridge for several hours and eight people were arrested for mischief and intimidation aimed at blocking a road.

Days four and five are expected to include “lessons” in Nelson Park and a bike and skateboard ride from the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The same group had previously closed the Burrard Street Bridge and participated in rail roadblocks to support opponents of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation pipeline.

With files from Alissa Thibault and Kendra Mangione of CTV News Vancouver

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