(Saanich police vacating tent city/Victoria Buzz)

A large police presence has been noted at Ravine Way and Carey Rd this morning as Saanich police begin dismantling the tent city that has moved there from its original location in Regina Park.

The property is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Saanich police have been asked to help the province ensure that all campers vacate the premises.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, police stated that eviction activities could cause traffic delays as the land borders the highway.

Officers from Victoria and Oak Bay police detachments are also on site to assist the Saanich PD.

For the most part, the residents appear to be complying with the police orders. However one supporter of the camp was arrested after crossing police tape.

Residents and supporters take to social media

In an effort to document and denounce police activities today, ‘Camp Namegans’ and activists that help run it have taken to social media.

Here are a few tweets that showcase their side:

In response, Saanich police are telling homeless people about the 100+ parks where they can seek temporary shelter in the municipality.

Background

The tent city that dubbed itself ‘Namegans Nation’ on Saturday, September 15th consists of approximately 75 homeless people that were ordered to leave their original encampment at Regina Park by the BC Supreme Court.

On Sunday, Saanich police stated that the new encampment has a “significantly more confrontational tone“.

On the same day, the BC government issued an eviction notice to all the people residing on the provincial land along Ravine Way north of Uptown Mall.

On Monday, BC Housing announced 25 shelter beds at the Native Friendship Centre will open up Oct. 1st every night until the end of March. This shelter was only used if an extreme weather alert had been issued.

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