More than 100 activists occupied the Burrard Bridge Monday for over 12 hours as part of a global climate strike.
“We Rebelled!” said the event organizers on Facebook. “Thank you to … all who supported us yesterday. This is only the beginning!”
The October protest, organized by group Extinction Rebellion, was the second global climate strike to take place in a matter of weeks.
While September’s protest took over downtown streets, activists this time around laid down in traffic lanes along the bridge, stopping all traffic and closing the bridge for the day.
— Extinction Rebellion Vancouver (@XRVancouverBC) October 7, 2019
And here they are in full force. At least a hundred, and they’re here to stay. Rain or no. In summary, do not try to drive on the Burrard Bridge today #ExtinctionRebellion #ClimateAction pic.twitter.com/yUNZBYX9X6
— Kurtis Doering (@KDnewsguy) October 7, 2019
Climate activists shut down the burrard bridge, but appropriately left the bike lanes clear. pic.twitter.com/cTUSf5g9FN
— blucas (@alaskanmind) October 7, 2019
As a result, 10 people were arrested last night when police asked them to leave shortly after 9:30 pm.
They were arrested “after they refused to leave the bridge despite receiving several requests, and then warnings, from officers,” a police statement read.
Extinction Rebellion began in the U.K. last year and has been hosting events over the world. Similar events closed down bridges yesterday across Canada, including ones in Halifax, Edmonton and Toronto.
— Richard Campbell (@wrychrd) October 8, 2019
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I’m so inspired by all of the brave people who risked their freedom yesterday in order to peacefully stand up to our politicians at the international #bridgeout campaign to demand immediate action on climate breakdown (and have a little fun at the same time) ✊ #extinctionrebellionvancouver #extinctionrebellion #tellthetruth #worldwiderebellion #nvda
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