One man was arrested Friday after briefly disrupting Remembrance Day service at the provincial legislature.
On Friday, November 11, as people gathered in Victoria to honour veterans, video shows a the man walking up to the cenotaph and yelling about the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
Following the incident, VicPD confirmed two officers escorted the man out of the area where the ceremony was being held, he was then arrested, and then began trying to “fight with officers.”
Video from Times Colonist reporter Cindy E. Harnett shared a video of the incident on Twitter:
Man disrupts Remembrance Day ceremony coming right up to cenotaph and dignitaries at BC Legislature and walks away with police as they approach (raw video, please excuse pan showing Victoria News reporter beside me) @timescolonist pic.twitter.com/BfAs9XRk21
— cindy e harnett (@cindyeharnett) November 11, 2022
The video shows the man pacing in the cenotaph area while screaming before two officers escorted him out of the ceremonial area.
“He was transported to cells and faces recommended charges of assaulting a police officer and mischief,” said VicPD.
Despite the brief disruption, the ceremony continued on where thousands were able to pay their respects to Canada’s veterans.
Remembrance Day in the capital
Photos by Kris Edwards #yyj pic.twitter.com/ypXA5yxeof
— Victoria Buzz (@victoriabuzzes) November 12, 2022