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Protests snarl traffic near Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal

Police responded this morning after Save Old Growth protesters disrupted westbound traffic on the Upper Levels highway in West Vancouver

Traffic was disrupted on Highway 1 in West Vancouver this morning (June 14) following protests that blocked the westbound lane near the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.

Between eight and 10 protesters from the Save Old Growth group showed up on the highway shortly after 8 a.m., said Save Old Growth spokesperson Tim Brazier.

West Vancouver police arrested three people who had glued themselves to the road, said Sgt. Mark McLean, spokesperson for the department.

Westbound traffic continued to be backed up beyond Caulfeild for about half an hour.

The protests in West Vancouver during Tuesday’s rush-hour commute are among a number of similar traffic-disrupting protests being planned for this week around the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Yesterday, a pair of traffic-disrupting protests at two crucial crossings in Metro Vancouver Monday morning resulted in nine arrests and several vehicle seizures.

Protesters with the Save Old Growth group blocked traffic using the Massey Tunnel and the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing during the busy Monday morning commute.

At the Massey Tunnel, which crosses beneath the Fraser River and connects Delta and Richmond, four protesters positioned themselves in lanes and blocked traffic in both directions.

Richmond RCMP officers responded shortly before 7:30 a.m., arriving on scene to find three people sitting on Highway 99 with a fourth person perched on a platform ladder. 

Southbound traffic was fully blocked and the northbound counterflow lane was blocked as a result of the protest, according to DriveBC.

-with files from Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver Is Awesome