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Four arrested in Vancouver after protest blocks intersection at Hastings and Clark

Click to play video: 'Major Vancouver intersection shut down again for pipeline protestors' Major Vancouver intersection shut down again for pipeline protestors
Anti-pipeline protesters have once again shut down a major Vancouver intersection. Hastings Street has been blocked at Clark Drive since Tuesday night by a group calling itself the "Braided Warriors" - demonstrators remained there Wednesday morning. – Mar 3, 2021

Police shut down a protest that blocked a major East Vancouver intersection for more than 24 hours.

Indigenous youth calling themselves Braided Warriors set up the blockade on Hastings Street and Clark Drive late Tuesday to protest a 90-day jail sentence handed to an anti-pipeline protester.

Click to play video: 'Protesters block traffic at Hastings Street and Clark Drive' Protesters block traffic at Hastings Street and Clark Drive
Protesters block traffic at Hastings Street and Clark Drive – Feb 25, 2020

Vancouver police say they arrested four people on Wednesday night after they refused to clear the intersection.

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“(Vancouver police) strongly supports peoples’ fundamental freedom to peacefully gather, demonstrate, and express their views, and this group was given a full day to do that,” Vancouver police Sgt. Steve Addison said in a statement, adding that about 75 took part in the blockade.

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“When it became clear some protesters had no intention of leaving, officers were forced to arrest them to reopen the intersection for all road users.”

The intersection, which is a key entrance to the Port of Vancouver, was the site of an anti-pipeline protect last February.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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