An anti-pipeline demonstration at the North Thompson River Provincial Park ended this afternoon (July 14, 2018) after RCMP asked demonstrators to leave.
The demonstrators had prevented public use of the park since Thursday, when they ignored an eviction notice by BC Park Rangers.
After initial discussions with the DLT ended, Clearwater RCMP arrested one protester, Kanahus Munuel, at the park entrance. She was transported to the detachment and released shortly before 4 p.m. on a series of conditions and a promise to appear before the courts at a later date.
After the arrest, the DLT members continued discussions with the remaining demonstrators, said B.C. RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts. They were reminded that their presence in the park was interfering with the lawful use, enjoyment and operation of the park property. They were given an opportunity to leave on their own accord or face an arrest for mischief under section 430 (1)(C) of the Criminal Code.
The demonstrators decided they would leave and began to pack up their belongings. The RCMP remained at the park to monitor their departure, which was completed around 2:45 p.m.
RCMP have notified BC Parks and the Simpcw First Nation of today’s events.
“We will continue to work with all stakeholders and provide assistance as necessary in maintaining peace and keeping everyone safe,” Roberts said.