BC – A series of criminal incidents in the North Thompson River area has resulted in multiple arrests of the same group of activists.
On September 30, 2019, Clearwater RCMP received a report from a contract security employee that six demonstrators had approached the Trans Mountain pumping station in Blue River, BC. Two female demonstrators allegedly confronted the security employee about the pipeline expansion project using language intended to intimidate.
The interaction was reportedly captured on video by both the demonstrators and security staff. During the interaction, a security padlock to the compound was allegedly stolen. One female was arrested for intimidation and theft and was released on conditions with a promise to appear in court at a later date. Charges are pending against a second female.
On October 19, 2019 BC RCMP Community –Industry Response Group (CIRG) members on patrol near Valemount, BC met a road maintenance crew performing planned asphalt repair work to Hwy 5 near the Moonbeam Bridge. The maintenance crew indicated they had been disrupted and were being intimidated, as they set up a temporary work zone. Two suspects (a male and female) were located and were arrested for mischief. During the arrest the female was uncooperative and complained of injuries. She was assessed by EHS and taken to hospital where she was cleared for custody with no noted injuries. All aspects of the arrests were captured on video by police and will be included in the materials provided to the courts.
This latest incident resulted in charges of mischief and intimidation against Amanda Soper and Isha Jules. Both appeared in Kamloops Court on October 21, 2019 and they have been released with a series of conditions until their next court date on November 4, 2019.
BC RCMP would like to remind all of those involved in demonstrations regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project that the police are impartial. Demonstrators have a right to lawful, peaceful and safe protest and the employees and contractors have a right to safety and security as they go about their lawful business. The RCMP is working hard with all sides to ensure that both of these rights are protected.
Allegations or complaints of criminality will be investigated and charges will be pursued.
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