British Columbia

Mounties make 7 more arrests at protest over old-growth logging on Vancouver Island

Remote forest areas of southern Vancouver Island were the scene of more arrests as police continue to enforce a British Columbia Supreme Court injunction against protesters camped in the wilderness to protect old-growth forests.

RCMP are enforcing a court injunction to end blockades against logging by Teal-Jones

RCMP officers began moving in this week to remove a blockade and people protesting logging of old-growth forests in the Fairy Creek watershed on southern Vancouver Island. (Dave Malysheff)

Remote forest areas of southern Vancouver Island were the scene of more arrests as police continue to enforce a British Columbia Supreme Court injunction against anti-old growth logging protesters camped in the wilderness.

RCMP Cpl. Chris Manseau said seven people were arrested Wednesday, bringing the total number who have been arrested to 14 since Tuesday.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, Manseau said four were arrested for breaching the injunction order and a fifth person was arrested for obstruction after allegedly failing to abide by the lawful direction of police.

Later in the evening, Manseau said two people who locked themselves to a bridge in the area had also been arrested.

Manseau said the person arrested on Wednesday for obstruction identified themself as a journalist.

Dozens of Mounties have converged on camps along remote logging roads south of Lake Cowichan to enforce the civil injunction to allow the Teal-Jones Group to start logging activities.

Protesters have been camping and staging blockades in forest areas between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan in a bid to stop logging in the region, which they say is home to the last unprotected, intact old-growth forest valley on southern Vancouver Island.

With files from CBC News

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