Four people were arrested yesterday after a protest blocking traffic through the Massey Tunnel.
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Four arrests yesterday after Massey Tunnel traffic disruptions
Published 11:54 PDT, Tue June 14, 2022
Yesterday morning, Richmond RCMP officers responded to the Massey Tunnel after multiple reports of people on foot blocking traffic in both north and south directions.
When police arrived just before 7:30 a.m., three people were found sitting on Highway 99 while a fourth was perched on a platform ladder.
Three people were arrested without incident, while a Community-Industry Response Group officer assisted in the safe arrest of the person on the ladder, who was determined to be breaching his conditions from a prior protest in a different jurisdiction. Richmond RCMP is pursuing criminal charges for all those who were arrested.
“We respect the rights of individuals for lawful, peaceful, and safe protests. However, when blocking a major highway is neither lawful (nor) safe, the police need to mitigate the circumstances. Police are mandated to (assure) public safety, and the safety of everyone—including the protestors,” says Insp. Mark Baxter, Richmond RCMP.
Richmond RCMP also extended its thanks to a commercial truck driver who assisted officers at the scene.