“Officers are aware of reports in local media and on social media of people being assaulted and injured during the protests. We are actively investigating these reports and encourage those with information to come forward.”Victoria police said they are continuing the monitor the situation at the B.C. legislature. They confirmed officers were called to the building earlier in the day due to a large number of protesters not blocking entry to the building. “We’ve had many questions about why we have not arrested protesters. Our primary duty is to keep the public safe,” Victoria police wrote in a statement. “Today has seen Members of the Legislative Assembly, reporters, and staff, blocked from entering the building. People have been pushed and shoved. This is unacceptable. Our officers have worked to ensure safe entry and exit to the legislature while balancing the right to peaceful protest. Peaceful protest does not involve pushing and shoving, nor obstructing people from their places of work.” Police said anyone who was assaulted is asked to call (250) 995-7654.
Officers were called to the Legislative Assembly Building earlier today in response to a large number of protesters blocking entry to the building.We’ve had many questions about why we have not arrested protesters. Our primary duty is to keep the public safe. #yyj #F206406 — Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) February 11, 2020
Today has seen Members of the Legislative Assembly, reporters, & staff, blocked from entering the building. People have been pushed & shoved. This is unacceptable. #F206406— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) February 11, 2020
leaving the B.C. legislature after Tuesday’s throne speech. During the speech, Wet’suwet’en supporters stopped blocking the doors B.C. legislature except for the front door as the spring session started. Some staffers at the B.C. legislature have said they were assaulted during the Wet’suwet’en supporters protest at the B.C. legislature. One female government staffer told CHEK she suffered a nosebleed after a protester elbowed her. Another woman reported being spit on.
Our officers have worked to ensure safe entry & exit to the Legislature while balancing the right to peaceful protest. Peaceful protest does not involve pushing & shoving, nor obstructing people from their places of work. #F206406— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) February 11, 2020
As a result of the protests, the Prorogation Ceremony had been postponed until 1 p.m. The Speaker has confirmed all invited guests for the opening of the spring session will not be allowed into the building due to the protests. The guests usually number in the hundreds.
Spoken with a number of staffers who were assaulted. One female government staffer suffered a nosebleed after a protester elbowed her, another protester tried to physically stop a staffer, and one woman spit on. @CHEK_News https://t.co/6142xWTomb— Mary Griffin (@Mary_Griffin_) February 11, 2020
MLAs, journalists and employees attempting to gain access into the building are being blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters. Bay Street and Johnson Street bridges reopen in Victoria after being shut down by Wet’suwet’en supporters These resulted in some clashes between drivers and protesters. READ MORE: Pickup truck breaks through Highway 19 blockade near Courtenay The B.C. government is slated to kick off the spring session with the throne speech. They are expected to highlight their achievements over the last three years and layout their future goals. With files from The Canadian Press
Demonstrators are holding a sacred ceremony right where police set up a path. One supporter telling the crowd to not let police touch them and to call out if police make any sort of contact. @CHEK_News #bcpoli #ShutCanadaDown #yyj pic.twitter.com/F3uCJU5cuG— Julian Kolsut (@juliankolsut) February 11, 2020