Downtown Vancouver protest leads to arrests

VANCOUVER Police on Wednesday arrested eight people for mischief and obstruction in relation to two protests held at two different Downtown Vancouver buildings after hours of attempted negotiation.

“Two groups of protestors chained off the main entrances and exits at both 250 Howe Street and 999 West Hastings Street,” said Constable Tania Visintin. “For several hours, officers and building managers asked them to leave as this was creating a serious safety hazard.”

Eight adults, between 22 and 38 years old, were arrested for mischief and obstruction.  It is expected they will be released from custody pending a later court date.