The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested three more individuals in the Fairy Creek Watershed area Saturday.
One individual was arrested for breaching a supreme court injunction order while two were arrested for obstruction on July 31, according to a BC RCMP press release.
The arrests occurred in the Reid Mainline and Braden Mainline areas of the watershed and came after “contemnors from the camps near a waterfall rushed the police line,” notes the release.
All individuals were processed and released in Port Renfrew.
The B.C. Supreme Court on April 1 granted an injunction to Teal-Jones Group following weeks of blockades by protesters and activists seeking to prevent the company from conducting old-growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed.
However, BC RCMP only started enforcing the injunction on May 17 and has set up a number of checkpoints leading to the Fairy Creek watershed in an effort to control and restrict access.
Since enforcement began, the RCMP says officers have arrested a total of 505 people, at least 29 of whom were previously arrested. Of the total arrested to date, 359 were for breaching the injunction, 123 were for obstruction, five for a combination of obstruction and breaching their release conditions, 11 were for mischief, three were for breaching their release conditions, four for assaulting a police officer, one was for counselling to resist arrest, and another one was arrested after being wanted Canada-wide on warrants issued by Canada Border Services Agency.
Recently, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled in favour of a coalition of media organizations — who had submitted an application to modify an injunction — that the RCMP stop interfering with media access to Fairy Creek without a bona fide operational reason.
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