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Five protestors arrested after blocking Douglas Street intersection Wednesday morning


Five old-growth logging protestors were arrested Wednesday morning after blocking a Douglas Street intersection Wednesday morning.

This is the second week in a row police have arrested demonstrators who are part of a new environmental group called Save Old Growth.

The group who are aiming to halt old-growth logging first blocked the intersection of Douglas Street and Burnside Road East on January 10th for several hours—it was part of a larger protest where individuals targeted sections of the Trans-Canada Highway in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver and communities near Revelstoke where the highway passes through.

VicPD allowed the protest to go for several hours before arresting seven demonstrators, six of whom were adults and one who was 17.

In a media release over the weekend, protestors said they would continue those actions throughout this week and increase actions as the month progresses.

In today’s blockade, police officers from Saanich and Victoria responded to the intersection of Douglas Street and Tolmie Avenue shortly after 7 a.m., when the group began gathering with the intention of blocking traffic.

VicPD said the group were informed that blocking traffic is a criminal offence and that doing so would make them subject to arrest.

Despite the warning, five of the protestor went ahead with blocking rush hour traffic and were taken into custody without incident.

Other members of the group who did not block traffic, but stood at the roadside, remained on scene.

Organizers warned of increased protests for sections of the Trans-Canada Highway for the rest of January, or until the government stops logging old-growth forests.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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