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Clearwater RCMP release images of persons of interest following pipeline protest confrontation

RCMP want to identify and speak to these two men in connection to a confrontation at a Trans Mountain pipeline protest in April, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Clearwater RCMP

An attack on a First Nations protest group in Blue River has prompted the RCMP to share photos of two suspects in the hope of identifying them.

On April 19, two unknown men showed up at a Tiny House Warriors protest camp on Murtle Lake Road in Blue River. The Warriors are an Indigenous group that advocates and protests for land rights. RCMP say in a media release the two men were caught on video during the confrontation.

The men were two of four who came to the site unannounced, according to a CBC report. The group was protesting the Trans Mountain Pipeline when the men arrived.

The men drove their off-road vehicles through barricades and signs and destroyed a memorial for missing and murdered First Nations women, a post to the Tiny House Warriors Facebook page states.

The Clearwater RCMP have released images of the two men in hopes of furthering the criminal investigation.

The first man is pictured wearing a brown jacket, a pair of dark coloured jeans and a backwards grey baseball cap. The other man was seen wearing a dark coloured Vans brand hooded sweater, dark jeans, a brown baseball cap and a pair of black and white sneakers.

“We are strongly urging either of these males to immediately come forward to speak with our investigators,” Clearwater RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Grant Simpson says in the release. “We are taking this matter seriously.”

If you recognize either of the unknown individuals, or you have any additional information that may assist investigators, you are asked to contact the Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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