Old-growth logging protesters blocked the Trans-Canada Highway for a fourth time this month this morning.
Extinction Rebellion members and supporters of a campaign called Save Old Growth blocked the intersection of Terminal Avenue and Commercial Street on Monday, Jan. 31.
Two people were arrested for mischief, intimidation and breach of undertaking, said Nanaimo RCMP in a press release.
“If we truly want to give meaningful climate-conscious content to our lives, let us bypass the flamboyant bells and whistles of shallow ‘forest-liquidation-for-fast-profit’ pursuits and take delight in the emotional windfalls that arise when we act bravely for the planet’s forests,” said Vic Brice, a campaign spokesperson, in a press release.
The release noted that this morning’s protest is the “final action of the first iteration of the campaign.” Organizers say they will focus on recruiting members over the next few weeks and plan to resume civil disobedience March 21.
Protesters are calling on the B.C. government to end old-growth logging. The province has committed to implementing the recommendations of an old-growth review and is consulting with First Nations on deferrals.