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Update 3 – Arrests made at the 27 km mark of Morice West Forest Service Road

From previous release; on February 6, 2020, the RCMP access control checkpoint at the 27 km mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road became the start-point for an RCMP exclusion zone to conduct enforcement action of the BC Supreme Court injunction. The 27 km point had been designated as a protest and media site, and includes a Warming Centre that has been used by those at the location as a structure for warmth.

Based on actions by persons at the Warming Centre that could possibly endanger those who travel the road, and a blockade of parked vehicles, the access control checkpoint was temporarily moved to the 4 km mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road on February 7, 2020 (see news release on Update #2).

Those persons who decided to remain in the Warming Centre and not abide by the request to move to the 4 km mark, were told on Friday night, February 7, 2020, that by Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 am they would have to leave or be arrested for breaching the court-ordered injunction. They were given the option to remain at the 4 km mark, at the new access control checkpoint.

On the morning of February 8, 2020, those remaining at the 27 km mark without vehicles were offered safe transportation to the 4 km mark. Several persons declined, and instead, walked out on foot along the Morice West Forest Service Road. They were later picked up by officers and Hereditary Chiefs on site, and were safely transported to the new checkpoint.

Several persons remaining in the Warming Centre barricaded themselves inside, some using chains in an effort to prevent their arrest. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, 11 individuals were arrested, all for breaching the injunction order. They are currently being transported to the Houston RCMP Detachment for processing.

At approximately 11:00 am members of the Indigenous Policing Service and Division Liaison Team made their way to the Unist’ot’en Camp at the 66 km mark to facilitate conversation. This was made by alternative means of travel because of the mischief that rendered the Lamprey Creek Bridge impassable. The occupants of the Healing Centre declined to engage and the Indigenous Policing Services and Division Liaison Teams members departed the Unist’ot’en Camp after approximately 1 hour.

Previously issued news releases on the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute, can be found on the Houston RCMP Detachment website.

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