Charge of assaulting a police officer laid at Fairy Creek protest

Another eight arrests were made Friday at a camp near Port Renfrew as RCMP officers enforced an ongoing injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed.

One of the arrests was for assaulting a police officer.

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People continue to protest in the area in spite of a two-year deferral on old-growth logging, saying important old-growth stands are still at risk.

The deferral means logging is stopped in the watershed and the Central Walbran while First Nations work on a stewardship plan.

Seven of the recent arrests were for civil contempt of court by people set up with a variety of locking devices and tripods. One of the tripods was very stable and unsafe, police said.

Police said two of the people removed from locking devices and arrested were minors.

All of those arrested were processed at the Lake Cowichan RCMP detachment.

As of Friday, there have been 254 arrests due to opposition to logging in the region, with at least 10 having been arrested twice.

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