Saanich Police Sgt. Andy Stuart speaks to Tsastilqualus Ambers and Shawna Green, as the two sit in front the Department of Fisheries and Oceans office in Saanich on Thursday. Notice the door is chained and locked, penning the DFO employees inside. Screencap from Facebook/Fish Farms Out Now

VIDEO: Protesters chain doors shut at DFO office in Saanich

Fish farm protesters removed from Commerce Circle for a second time

Fish farm protester Tsastilqualus Ambers was back at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans office Saanich on Thursday.

The 67-year-old was removed by Saanich Police as she and Shawna Green sat in lawn chairs in front of the doors of the DFO office, which they had chained and locked, penning the employees inside.

Saanch Police attended at about 8:30 a.m.

It’s a return to the DFO office for Ambers, of the Ma’amtagila Nation, as she and two others camped at the Commerce Circle office in protestation over open-net fish farms for a month between mid November and Dec. 19. Both times they were removed by the Saanich Police Community Engagement division.

They “refused to remove themselves from the DFO office, situated on unceded WSANEC territories,” said a post on their Facebook page, Fish Farms Out Now.

Most of the incident, a peaceful protest, is posted in a video on Fish Farms Out Now’s Facebook page. In the video, Sgt. Andy Stuart is seen speaking at length to Ambers and Green.

Officers discussed with the women if they would remove the chains from the doors however they were unwilling to remove them, said Sgt. Jereme Leslie. The women then agreed that if they were arrested for mischief they would peacefully give up the key and go with the officers.

At around 9 a.m., the women were arrested for mischief and the chain was removed from the doors.

Related: See map of Atlantic salmon caught in B.C. waters

It’s anticipated the women will be placed on conditions not to attend the property on Commerce Circle and appear before the courts at a later date, Leslie said.

“This action was carried out in solidarity with the many indigenous nations opposing illegal fish farms which are contaminating their unceded territories and wild salmon populations,” said the post.

Ambers and others have spent a considerable amount of time in front of Premier John Horgan’s Langford MLA office.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Well-used bathing service receives much-needed upgrade

Bathing program expands room on Goldstream Avenue

Grizzlies make an impact in the community

The team travels to elementary and middle schools to spend time with the students

Thrilling finish to Royals weekend in Victoria

WHL club hosts Portland for a pair this Friday and Saturday at Save-On Centre

Man flees Bay Centre after daytime sexual assault in downtown Victoria

The suspect physically and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl shopping with a friend

Chinese New Year takes to the streets of Victoria

Hundreds brave chilly temperatures to usher in the Year of the Dog

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

B.C. files challenge to Alberta wine trade ban

First formal dispute under Canadian Free Trade Agreement

NDP’s first budget to set spending record for housing, child care

Premier John Horgan promises biggest investments in B.C. history

Regional conference tackles topic of chronic diseases

Family physicians invited to register to attend Chronic Disease Day event in Pitt Meadows.

B.C. man goes to jail for beating puppy to death

Robert Carolan has also been banned from owning animals for the next ten years

Sooke Riptide girls wins LISA Cup

Defeat Juan de Fuca in overtime

BCHL Today: Langley enjoys home ice while roller coast ride continues for Chilliwack Chiefs

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

EDITORIAL: More direct action needed to reduce domestic violence

Commitment of resources by Victoria police a good start, but more can be done

Federal government to fight solitary confinement ruling from B.C. court

B.C. Supreme Court decided to end the practice of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons

Most Read