On January 16, 2019 at 09:00 am approximately 40 pipeline demonstrators disrupted community policing operations at West Shore RCMP detachment. Demonstrators gathered in front of the RCMP detachment while officers stood by to keep the peace.
The demonstration group blocked public access to the police building using three vehicles. Several community volunteers for the West Shore RCMP Speedwatch Program were unable to leave the front of the detachment in the community sponsored van. A 79 year old volunteer for the West Shore RCMP Keep in Touch program also had to be escorted past the protest by police officers for a scheduled meeting inside the building. Police emergency operations were not affected by the protest.
“The RCMP fully support the right to peaceful and safe protest,” says Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP, “but businesses and community volunteers also have the right to conduct meetings.”
The group also demonstrated at Premier John Horgan’s Office located in Langford. As a result of the demonstrations, there were disruptions to vehicle traffic on Veterans Memorial Parkway, Jacklin Road and Goldstream Avenue.
There were no arrests made.
SPN Note: The above represents the point of view of the RCMP; Other views are expressed in the comments, provided by those (in part) at the event.