Police arrest 17 protesters at logging blockade near Kaslo


Cooper Creek Cedar was granted the injunction in August 2019 barring protesters from disrupting its West Kootenay operation

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Seventeen people were arrested Tuesday for violating a court injunction by allegedly blocking a logging operation in southeast BC

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Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd. was granted the injunction in August 2019 barring protesters from disrupting its operation at Salisbury Creek near Argenta.

BC RCMP say the order prevents anyone from physically blocking or interfering with Cooper Creek employees, contractors or agents, or their vehicles and equipment.

On April 25, a Kaslo RCMP officer spoke to protesters blocking the Salisbury Creek Forest Service Road to tell them they were in breach of the injunction. The same officer returned twice to remind the group they would face arrest for mischief and contemplate court if the blockade stayed up.

A team from the RCMP liaison division also tried to get the protesters to leave peacefully during the first week of May.

On Tuesday, officers arrested 17 people for civil contempt and had to remove one of them from a locking device. Eight were released on conditions with a court date of July 19, while nine others were taken to the Kaslo RCMP detachment to be processed.


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