West Shore RCMP arrested three individuals outside Premier John Horgan’s house after protestors from Extinction Rebellion blocked access to his driveway Tuesday morning. Protestors claimed they were going to make a citizen’s arrest of the Premier. (Courtesy of Heidi Eisenhuth)

Three protesters arrested after blocking driveway at premier’s home

Protestors claimed they would make a citizen’s arrest of the Premier, according to West Shore RCMP

West Shore RCMP arrested three individuals for mischief after blocking driveway access to Premier John Horgan’s Langford home in protest Tuesday morning.

Aproximately half a dozen Extinction Rebellion demonstrators placed banners along the streets, while others were seen lying in front of his driveway.

Officials arrived at 7:50 a.m. after hearing reports that protestors were banging on the door, stating they would make a citizen’s arrest of the Premier. Police asked protestors to move a couple hundred metres away from the property and three adults who refused to leave were arrested.

READ MORE: Two causes to be heard on legislature lawn during B.C. budget unveiling

Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island had promised to make a citizen’s arrest on Tuesday during the provincial budget announcement at the legislature. It is unclear if blocking Horgan’s home was associated with this plan.

According to a media advisory, Extinction Rebellion acted in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en protesters who blocked access to several government buildings in Victoria on Feb. 14. They are urging the provincial government to support the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who have spoken against the installation of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C.

“The unlawful entry onto private property and committing the criminal offence of mischief by blocking access at the Premier’s residence was a gross invasion,” said Inspector Todd Preston, officer in charge at West Shore RCMP. “I strongly condemn the actions of the individuals involved.”

Black Press Media has reached out to Horgan for comment.

– With files from Aaron Guillen

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook, send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

Coastal GasLinkJohn Horganprotest

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

West Shore RCMP arrested three individuals outside Premier John Horgan’s house after protestors from Extinction Rebellion blocked access to his driveway Tuesday morning. Protestors claimed they were going to make a citizen’s arrest of the Premier. (Courtesy of Heidi Eisenhuth)

Just Posted

FAR mandates masks

The new rule was set in place to ensure utmost safety of guests and employees

Elk Valley businesses back Work in Fernie website

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Work in Fernie’ website has been getting plenty of traffic

Elk Valley Alliance plans out decades-long study into water temperatures in Elk Valley

The alliance is hoping to track changes in water temperature around the valley for decades to come

Spardell Trailer Park residents left without running water for three days

Multiple residents told The Free Press it was an ongoing, seemingly endless problem

Sparwood’s Causeway Bay Hotel reports COVID-positive guest

The hotel manager said guests who ate at the Gateway Restaurant at the same time do not need to be tested

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam

National modelling projections released Friday show an expected peak in cases this fall

Hundreds of sea lions to be killed on Columbia River in effort to save endangered fish

Nearly 22,000 comments received during public review were opposed, fewer than 200 were for

Most Read