Officers were called to the BC Legislature earlier today in response to a large number of protesters onsite, blocking entry to the building.
We’ve had many questions about why we have not arrested protesters. Our primary duty is to keep the public safe.
Today has seen Members of the Legislative Assembly, reporters, and staff, blocked from entering the building. People have been pushed and shoved. This is unacceptable. Our officers have worked to ensure safe entry and exit to the Legislature while balancing the right to peaceful protest. Peaceful protest does not involve pushing and shoving, nor obstructing people from their places of work.
Officers continue to monitor the situation at the Legislature. We will keep everyone informed about anticipated traffic disruptions and work to keep everyone safe. Please follow our Twitter account @vicpdcanada for latest updates.