Regina police charge 4 men after alleged altercation outside Co-op refinery

Regina police laid assault and mischief charges, after they say an altercation broke out last Thursday near the Co-op Refinery Complex.

Police say incident happened April 30

Unifor, the union representing Co-op Refinery Complex workers, and the company have been locked in a contract dispute for months. (Heidi Atter/CBC)

Four men are facing charges after an alleged altercation at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina last week.

On April 30, police responded to Ninth Avenue North around 6:30 p.m. CST after a report that the road was blocked by vehicles.

After calling in backup for traffic control, police were able to clear the roadway around 8 p.m. CST, with the exception of a few vehicles parked near one of the refinery's gates, a police press release said.

Officers approached the remaining group, police said, and "it was clear some sort of confrontation had occurred" because one man had minor abrasions.

Officers were told conflicting accounts about what had happened. After investigation, police arrested and charged four men Monday.

Watch a video posted online of what is believed to be the altercation on April 30:

Altercation outside Co-op refinery in Regina

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Four men are facing charges after an alleged altercation at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina last week.

Three men — ages 29, 41 and 50 — are facing common assault charges. A 37-year-old man is charged with mischief under $5,000.

All of the accused are scheduled to appear in provincial court on July 20.

A representative for the refinery said the company will not be commenting on the matter.

Police issue tickets following 'protest' processions

While the four men were being processed at the police station on Monday, a procession of vehicles began circling the building in what "appeared to be a protest," police said.

Traffic safety officers handed out 11 tickets to drivers participating in the procession. 

The group of vehicles eventually cleared the area.

Police were called to another similar procession near the refinery on Ninth Avenue North around 5 p.m. CST Monday. Seven more tickets were issued there to participating drivers.

CBC has reached out to Unifor, the union representing workers, for comment.


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