Trans Mountain pipeline protesters arrested in Burnaby, Blue River, and Valemount

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Anti-pipeline activists continue to be arrested near Trans Mountain sites across British Columbia, including a senior taken into custody in the Lower Mainland yesterday.

Around 4:40 p.m. on October 24, RCMP arrested a 71-year-old man at the Trans Mountain Burnaby Terminal at 8099 Shellmont Street in Burnaby.

The man had breached a court-ordered injunction that stated he was not allowed to be within five metres of a Trans Mountain site.

He was taken into custody and was scheduled to appear in court today (October 25). His identity has not been released.

Several other arrests of activists against the pipeline have taken place in B.C. over the past few weeks.

B.C. RCMP stated in an October 21 news release that on October 19, a road maintenance crew doing ashphalt repair work on Highway 5 (near the Moonbeam Bridge) spoke with RCMP on patrol near Valemount, B.C.

The crew alleged that they as they were setting up a temporary work zone, some individuals had intimidated and disrupted them.

Officers located and arrested two suspects, a male and a female, for mischief.

The female was uncooperative during the arrested and complained about injuries. After she was taken to hospital, she was cleared for custody without any injuries.

The incident was recorded on video by police.

A third incident resulted in two individuals, Amanda Soper and Isha Jules, being charged with mischief and intimidation.

Both appeared in Kamloops court on October 21 and have been released with conditions until their next court date on November 4.

B.C. RCMP also stated that on September 30, a contract security employee notified Clearwater RCMP that six demonstrators had approached the Trans Mountain pumping station in Blue River, B.C.

Two demonstrators allegedly used intimidating language during a confrontation with the security employee about the pipeline expansion project, according to RCMP.

The exchange was reportedly recorded on video by both demonstrators and security staff.

During the interaction, someone allegedly stole a security padlock to the compound.

One female was arrested for intimidation and theft and was released on conditions with a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Charges are pending against a second female.

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