Arrests made during demonstration at Islamic Center

North Vancouver

2022-11-29 14:04 HNP

Dossier nº 22-29156

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

The North Vancouver RCMP have made several arrests in relation to ongoing demonstrations at an Islamic Centre in North Vancouver.

On November 18th, 2022 approximately 50 protesters attended the Al Ghadir Islamic Center and disrupted a planned service. During the protest, several worshippers were spat on, threatened and assaulted. Furthermore, members of the Islamic Center have been receiving ongoing threats on Social media.

Upon receiving a number of reports, North Vancouver RCMP launched several investigations. To date, 2 arrests have been made. One individual was arrested for Uttering Threats and Assault. A second individual was arrested for Uttering Threats. The investigations continue, and more arrests are expected.

While the right to engage in peaceful, lawful protest is a fundamental element of democracy, any protest must abide by Canadian law and must not compromise the safety and security of citizens, said constable Mansoor Sahak. We will investigate any breaches of the law and fulfil our responsibility to ensure those who are responsible are held to account.

Police are warning protesters that any reports of assault, property damage, and intimidation will be fully investigated, and are appealing for calm in the community. Our main concerns are for the safety of the public and for the demonstrators’ rights to freedom of expression, said constable Sahak. We will not tolerate abusive and criminal behaviour.

The North Vancouver RCMP is working closely with community leaders, partner agencies and the RCMP Divisional Liaison Team to promote lawful and peaceful protests.

In 2017, the RCMP in British Columbia created a provincial group called the Division Liaison Team (DLT), to build relationships with various interest groups and communities so that we may assist in facilitating a safe environment for everyone exercising their charter rights. The goal of the DLT is to work with all groups that are planning and conducting events so that they are able to fulfill their objectives in a safe manner.

Anyone with information on these investigations is asked to call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604 985 1311.

Diffusé par :

Gend. Mansoor Sahak

Agent des relations avec les m├ędias
GRC de North Vancouver
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (en anglais seulement)
147, 14e Rue Est, North Vancouver (C.-B.) V7L 2N4
Bureau : 604-985-1311
Cellulaire : 778-228-1619

Courriel : mansoor.sahak@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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