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Pipeline protesters arrested

Two elderly First Nations women were arrested after RCMP in Burnaby forced open the door of a camper trailer that was used to block a road near the construction site of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

A large number of Burnaby RCMP closed off two roads, served anti-pipeline protestors with a warrant and used a battering ram to arrest two women Wednesday evening.

Activists at the scene recorded the encounter, posting portions to social media and sharing with CTV News.

"It's not a major event," Supt. Chuck McDonald told CTV News. "During the course of entry [the subjects] closed the door and locked it. We had a warrant, so we forced the door."

Witnesses tell CTV News they were horrified at the level of force RCMP used to arrest two elderly First Nations women.

"It was scary," said Megan Bryden, who lives close to the protest site and has often attended to show her support. "It was the first time I was scared by police. I wasn't sure if I was going to get arrested if my kids were going to be arrested."

The warrant, stamped with Wednesday's date, reads in part "this warrant is issued in respect of the arrest of an unidentified male and an unidentified female" and gave RCMP authority to do so from 7:30 p.m. until 8:59 p.m.

-with files from CTV Vancouver



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