1 arrested after glass smashed at Vancouver Metropolis Corridor throughout ‘avenue sweep’ protest: Police | Globalnews.ca

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2022-06-23 06:56:36

One particular person was arrested and a glass door was smashed, as protesters against so-called “avenue sweeps” descended on Vancouver Metropolis Corridor Wednesday afternoon.

Demonstrators with the Cease the Sweeps Coalition rallied on the steps of metropolis corridor calling for an finish to the observe, earlier than police say they tried to disrupt a gathering in progress inside.

Metropolis councillors have been debating the controversial Broadway Plan on Wednesday.

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The group “briefly occupied the constructing’s foyer,” earlier than police escorted them exterior, VPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison stated.

Police stated one particular person was arrested for mischief in relation to the smashed glass.

Metropolis Coun. Melissa De Genova took to Twitter to explain the protest as ” violence & vandalism and terrorizing employees or members of the general public.”

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“The chanting ‘cease the sweeps’ exterior Vancouver Metropolis Corridor all day was high quality till they began breaking doorways and placing others in unsafe conditions,” she wrote.

“Road sweeps” check with how Metropolis of Vancouver engineering employees with help from Vancouver police recurrently patrol the Downtown Eastside, gathering objects from the sidewalks and eradicating them in dump vans.

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The protesters say the observe unfairly targets the road homeless and DTES residents who depend on public house, and allege individuals have had objects starting from survival gear and essential paperwork to irreplaceable private mementos taken.

In a press release to World Information final week, the Metropolis of Vancouver stated crews are skilled to solely take deserted objects, and never private possessions.

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“For the previous 3 months, Metropolis employees have been assembly with the neighborhood together with VANDU, Pivot and other people with lived expertise on these points,” it stated.

“The Engineering Providers Division, who oversee the road cleansing work, have been a part of these conferences which purpose to develop long-term options to create a protected manner for everybody to maintain streets clear. We worth the communities’ collaboration on this problem.”

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