Demonstrators calling on the B.C. government to take action on climate change blocked the intersection to one of Vancouver's major bridges Saturday afternoon.
Members of Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) Vancouver group descended on the intersection of Burrard and Cornwall Streets on July 24 at approximately 2 p.m. after rallying at Seaforth Peace Park. At the park group members held an opening ceremony conducted by Musqueam Elder Shane Pointe.
As the forest fires continue to burn in B.C. and around the world, XR says the province continues to cut down the remaining old-growth tree and is "destroying entire ecosystems," explains a news release. Additionally, the fuel industry continues to receive subsidies that encourage its behaviour.
Shortly after 5 p.m., the Vancouver Police Department announced the protest had come to an end and that traffic was open in all directions in the area.
With files from Elana Shepert