Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

File: 22-3513

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers arrested three people after rush hour traffic was blocked by a group of people on Friday afternoon.

Just after 3 p.m. today, Patrol officers were called to the intersection of Blanshard Street and Pandora Avenue for a report of people preparing to march on city streets. Officers spoke with the group who initially remained out of the roadway. Patrol officers remained on scene, monitoring the situation. A short time later a group departed that location and began to block the roadway on Douglas Street.

Officers worked to try to resolve the incident. At one point the group split into two groups, with one group moving to the 600-block of Johnson Street and blocking traffic there. Officers had to close several streets in the area to minimize traffic disruptions and keep people safe.

After several warnings, three members of the groups were arrested. Other members of the groups then departed the area. A small number remained on scene. VicPD officers remain in the area monitoring the group.

This incident remains under investigation.

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