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Police Arrest 14 During Pro-Palestinian Rail Line Blockade

Syed Azam

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Vancouver blocked railway lines in East Vancouver on Friday

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Vancouver blocked railway lines in East Vancouver on Friday, causing disruptions and leading to the arrest of 14 people.

Police responded to calls about the protest shortly after 11 a.m. According to Constable Tania Visintin, the protesters refused requests to move and some became hostile towards officers. After a standoff lasting over three hours, police arrested 14 individuals for obstructing railway lines and causing mischief.

Authorities justified the arrests as a measure to prevent a prolonged disruption of rail traffic. The operation involved collaboration between the Vancouver Police Department, CN Police (Canadian National Railway’s security force), and Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Prior to the arrests, the protesters issued a press release with images showing them on the tracks. Their demands reportedly included sanctions against Israel for its actions in Gaza.

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