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Trans Mountain pipeline demonstrators arrested in B.C. for mischief, intimidation, theft

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RCMP in the North Thompson have arrested two women for allegedly confronting a security employee at the Trans Mountain pumping station in Blue River last month.

RCMP say in a media release officers from the Clearwater detachment responded to a report on Sept. 30 after a contract employee was approached by six demonstrators.

Two women confronted the a security employee using language “intended to intimidate” and a security padlock was allegedly stolen.

Police say the interactions were captured on video by the demonstrators and security staff. One female was arrested for intimidation and theft and was released on conditions to appear in court at a later date. Charges against a second female are pending.

On Oct. 19, a road maintenance crew performing planned asphalt repair work on Highway 5 near the Moonbeam Bridge was disrupted and intimidated as they were setting up a temporary work zone, police say.

A man and a woman were located and arrested for mischief. Police say in this incident, charges were laid against Amanda Soper and Isha Jules who both appeared in Kamloops Court yesterday, Oct. 21. They were released with a series of conditions until their next court date on Nov. 4.

RCMP say Soper was uncooperative and complained of injuries but after being assessed by B.C. Emergency Health Services and taken to the hospital, she was cleared for custody with no noted injuries.

The arrests were captured on video by police and will be included in the materials provided to the courts.

RCMP are reminding individuals involved in the demonstrations regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project that police are impartial.

“Demonstrators have a right to lawful, peaceful and safe protest and the employees and contractors have a right to safety and security as they go about their lawful business,” Southeast District RCMP media relations Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a release. “The RCMP is working hard with all sides to ensure that both these rights are protected.”

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