Fourteen individuals arrested during the RCMP enforcement of a B.C. Supreme Court interlocutory injunction had their day in court Feb. 10.
At a Feb. 10 hearing in Smithers a number of those who were arrested over the weekend were ordered by the presiding judge to abide by a Dec. 31 interlocutory injunction which explicitly states individuals are not to restrain CGL workers from accessing relevant checkpoints along the remote Morice West Forest Service road near Houston, B.C.
A next court appearance has been set for April 21.
Supporters filled the courtroom to capacity, overflowing into the hallways.
Speaking to supporters in the courthouse Monday afternoon, Gidimt’en spokesperson Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) said those arrested were invited guests on Gidimt’en territory.
“Everybody who was removed from Gidimt’en territory was removed illegally from the territory,” Wickham said.
Cheers erupted in the hallway when Wickham announced that after filling out some paperwork at the courthouse they would be released.
She added that people who were arrested did not have to sign any sort of form which would not permit them onto Gidimt’en territory.
As of a Feb. 9 press release the RCMP said at least six more arrested individuals had yet to be transported to the RCMP detachment.
At least 21 were arrested following four straight days of RCMP enforcement of the interlocutory injunction.
In a Feb. 9 press release the RCMP say that eight individuals were to appear in court Monday, but the registry has verified there were 14.