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Mounties break up B.C. protest against Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion


BURNABY, B.C.—A small group of protesters linked arms and chanted “Stop Kinder Morgan” as Mounties moved in to end a months-long demonstration against a pipeline expansion Thursday.

Some people have been arrested as police began to enforce a court injunction granted on Friday by the. Supreme Court.

A number of RCMP cruisers arrived just after 8 a.m.

Reports say some several activists were taken into custody, while other protesters are observing from the sidelines.

Simon Fraser University Prof. Lynne Quarmby, a defendant in the injunction ruling, says she is very disappointed police are taking action and believes the officers are operating under “tremendous pressure” from the energy giant.

A court deadline passed Monday for protesters to vacate encampments set up to block workers from carrying out survey work for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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