Police called out to Port Clements

  • Mar. 25, 2005 6:00 a.m.

Police were called out to Port Clements last night (March 24) to deal with a man who was reportedly trying to fight members of the protest group who have rented the local community hall.
Const. Lysiane Brassard said two constables from the RCMP Masset detachment responded to the call, which they received around 5:20 pm.
The suspect was described as large and Caucasian, Const. Brassard said, and intoxicated. The constables did not speak with the man, but were told that his friends had taken him home, she said.
The protest group is using the Port community hall to prepare food for people who have blockaded the logging road outside the town. The blockade, which went up on Monday, has halted logging in the area and has left many Port residents without work.
The protesters say they will stay there until the provincial government consults the Haida Nation about the sale of logging giant Weyerhaeuser, which controls a quarter of the land on Graham Island through its ownership of a Tree Farm Licence issued by the province.
Also in Port Clements last night, two vehicles on their way back into town from the blockade collided, Const. Brassard said. The vehicle in front, a grey 1999 GMC, stopped and then backed up into the vehicle behind it, a 1997 Toyota four-runner, also grey. Const. Brassard said there were no injuries and no charges will be laid, but the Toyota sustained over $1,000 worth of damage.