Six people were arrested for refusing to leave after officers allowed the group “to peacefully assemble and express themselves,” said police.

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Traffic is moving over the Cambie Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver after an afternoon of protest caused gridlock Saturday.

About 150 demonstrators marched to the bridge, a major connector into the downtown core, and blocked traffic in both directions for several hours.

Six people were arrested for refusing to leave after officers allowed the group “to peacefully assemble and express themselves,” said Vancouver police spokesman Sgt. Steve Addison.

Several hundred protesters supporting a group called Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic and shut down the Cambie Street Bridge in the name of climate change Saturday.
Several hundred protesters supporting a group called Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic and shut down the Cambie Street Bridge in the name of climate change Saturday. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

“VPD officers asked the protesters to step aside so the bridge could reopen,” Addison said. “Four adult women and two adult men who refused to move were arrested for mischief and intimidation by blocking a roadway.”

The six were released after agreeing to appear in court at a later date.

A group called Extinction Rebellion had planned a march and gathering on the bridge as an act of civil disobedience to protest old-growth logging in B.C.

Several hundred protesters supporting a group called Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic and shut down the Cambie Street Bridge in the name of climate change Saturday.
Several hundred protesters supporting a group called Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic and shut down the Cambie Street Bridge in the name of climate change Saturday. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

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