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RCMP tactical team moves in to remove Trans Mountain protesters from Burnaby trees

Trees have been occupied for more than a year

RCMP tactical team members started to move in Wednesday morning in an attempt to remove Trans Mountain protesters from trees in the path of the pipeline in Burnaby.

Protesters have been occupying trees in the area for more than a year, but more people set up what have been called “skypods” in the past 10 days on land west of North Road and south of Highway 1 in Burnaby.

RCMP read out a court injunction barring anyone from blocking the path of pipeline work.

“Climbers have occupied a set of ‘skypods,’ simple hammocks suspended 20’ above the ground for 10 days,” read a news release from Protect the Planet – Stop TMX. “The stakes are high; serious injury is just one of many risks the climbers are taking. The skypods are strategically linked to various structures on the ground and in the forest canopy with the aim of deterring tree cutting. The land defenders oppose destruction of this urban forest, and are calling for climate leadership in cancelling the TMX and ending the expansion of tar sands.”

Tree sitters have included Maureen Curran, the federal Green candidate who ran in Burnaby South.

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