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A particular form of transportation interrupted traffic in Vancouver’s downtown core today: a ferry.

Tania Visintin, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), said in a news release that a group of about 150 people parked a 15-foot boat at the intersection of Granville and Georgia avenues, blocking traffic in both directions.
The demonstration was part of Extinction Rebellion Vancouver’s “Spring Rebellion,” a week-long series of activities aimed at raising awareness of the climate and ecological problems and calling for action. The rally started on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery today.

The boat that blocked the street was painted pink with the phrase “Tell the truth” on it.

The protestors were allowed to peacefully gather for a few hours before police ordered them to leave so that traffic could resume about 4 p.m. While the majority of the attendees left the street, four people stayed in the boat despite police demands to leave. Officers arrested five people, ranging in age from 22 to 65, for mischief and harassment with the intent to block a roadway. The boat was removed from the street with the help of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services.

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The next demonstration will take place on Sunday, May 2nd, with a blockade of the Granville Street Bridge to demand climate change.

Source: Georgia Straight

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