According to Mounties in British Columbia, protestors who violated an order against blockades set up to halt old-growth logging on southern Vancouver Island chopped down 18 trees. According to a press release released late Saturday, RCMP Chief Supt. John Brewer discovered the trees had been chopped with chainsaws and put over a road to prevent vehicle access.
According to the statement, one person was also discovered smoking a cigarette while surrounded by dry and tinder woodland. Brewer stated in the statement that he is “gravely worried” that the cutting of trees and smoking in places where wildfires might start endangers cops’ and activists’ safety.
The Rainforest Flying Squad, a group of Fairy Creek Watershed protesters, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The RCMP also reported 16 arrests, one of which was for allegedly attacking a police officer, bringing the total number of arrests to 494. The B.C. government accepted three Vancouver Island First Nations’ requests last month and postponed the cutting of around 2,000 hectares of old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek and central Walbran regions for two years, but the demonstrations continue.
According to the Rainforest Flying Squad, very little of B.C.’s best old-growth forest exists, and the deferrals fall short of safeguarding what is left.