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Three arrested after pepper-spraying incident in 900-block of Pandora

People on the boulevard were pepper-sprayed from a passing vehicle on Monday afternoon
Victoria police inspect a vehicle at Pandora and Quadra streets on Monday after the incident. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

Victoria police are investigating after several people in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue were pepper-sprayed from a passing vehicle on Monday afternoon.

Police said three people were arrested after the 4:30 p.m. incident but charges have not yet been sworn.

About 15 people went to Our Place to rinse off the spray, said Grant McKenzie, spokesman for the group, which provides support services for the unhoused community.

He said the pepper-sprayers targeted people in the boulevard area, adding the incident was disturbing.

“It shows you how precarious it can be to be homeless,” he said. “You aren’t just struggling for survival every day — you’re also the target of violence for no specific reason.”

Our Place has been in the news recently after city bylaw officers cleared away most of the tents in the area May 16.

People who had been sheltering in the area started moving back soon after, and the 900-block of Pandora was close to the way it was before the cleanup within about a week.

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