WATCH: Protesters at Shawnigan Lake are not letting up , showing up to voice their opposition to the contaminated soil dump at Shawnigan Lake. Monica Martinez reports.
Up at the crack of dawn, people from Shawnigan Lake show up ready for conflict.
“We might not be able to stop them but at least we can slow them down,” said one protester.
For three weeks now, they’ve been demonstrating at the contaminated soil dump, trying to block trucks from entering the site either with their cars, or bodies.
Police try to clear people out of the way but patience is wearing thin, as people repeatedly get back in the way.
“I’m not pushing you, I’m just walking you. I’m preventing you from getting hit by a vehicle,” said one officer to a demonstrator.
On Friday, a demonstration escalated when a truck driver allegedly assaulted a protester.
He was later fired.
RCMP say no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.
The demonstrations aren’t the only actions residents are taking, they have two cases before the court.
On Tuesday, the Cowichan Valley Regional District will finish their submission, arguing the company cannot operate in the forestry zoned land.
Neither side is backing down, as trucks cautiously enter the site and police keep guard making sure everyone stays safe.