A man protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was arrested Friday morning for setting up a protest tent in a Burnaby tree.
The group Protect the Planet – Stop TMX says a “militarized” team of about 20 officers set up in the morning and then used a bucket lift to reach the protester, Dr. Tim Takaro, who had been camped out for about four dates in a tree along Gaglardi Way, just north of Lougheed Highway.
Takaro spent months in a different set of Burnaby trees during the past year along the Brunette River to protest the cutting of more than 1,300 trees to clear a path for the pipeline.
“A man was safely removed from a tree-sit this morning in an area that violates an Injunction Order preventing Trans Mountain work and access from being impeded or obstructed,” said Burnaby RCMP, in a statement. “Officers who specialize in high-angle rescue were brought in to help remove the demonstrator from the tree to ensure safety … The demonstrator was given a court date and released on scene. This is the ninth arrest in Burnaby since January 1, 2021 for Criminal Contempt of Court related to the Injunction Order.”
Ariel arrest— J Mo (she/her) (@jmocurran) November 26, 2021
Brave land and water defender
Dr Tim Takero standing up for health & safety of all of us
Our politicians are too weak for this job @jjhorgan & @JustinTrudeau keep selling out our kids’ futures for their profit 😡 pic.twitter.com/aDFgXfKrlh
The group says that Trans Mountain workers blocked access to Takaro during the past few days as support volunteers were trying to bring him food and water.