Why Extinction Rebellion protesters have been blocking major thoroughfares in B.C.

As the rain trickled down on Monday afternoon, dozens of protesters stood face to face with Vancouver Police Department officers on the northbound sidewalk leading to the Lions Gate Bridge.

The Extinction Rebellion protesters planned to shut down traffic, much like they had done just one day earlier on the Granville Street bridge. But this time, they wouldn’t make it onto the road.

Police didn’t let them disrupt what the VPD called ‘a critical piece of infrastructure’. Seven people were arrested, five of them taken to jail.

“I’m being arrested for walking on the sidewalk,” said Zain Haq as he was handcuffed and escorted to the back of a police van.

The Extinction Rebellion group has

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