Four Arrested After Protest at Bank 21-27732

Date: December 13, 2021

File: 21-27732

Four people were arrested this morning after they chained the front doors of a financial institution in the 700-block of Royal Oak Drive.

On Monday December 13, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. Saanich Police were notified of a group of protesters that had locked themselves to the front doors of a bank just prior to it opening for business.

Officers arrived on scene and warned the group that they would be arrested if they did not leave. Three of them then left, however, the remaining four refused to leave and were arrested without incident just after 10:00 a.m. All were transported to the Saanich Police Department for processing and were later released with a court date and conditions.

“Saanich Police acknowledge the Constitutional right to hold peaceful lawful protests. However, any protest that obstructs, interrupts, or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment, or operation of property is not lawful.”

Investigators will be submitting a Report to Crown Counsel recommending that all four persons arrested be charged with the Criminal Code offence of Mischief.

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

[email protected]

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