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COAST SALISH TERRITORY - Five anti-pipelines activists were arrested this morning after shutting down the Northern Gateway Pipeline Review hearings in downtown Vancouver.
The five "eco-terrorists" crashed the tiny hearing room and blew whistles for about 10 minutes - interrupting the proceedings and sending the panel members scurrying out of the room. A press release by the group targets the panel's refusal to hear testimony on climate change and the absence of the public at the public hearings. Only registered speakers, three at a time, are allowed into the locked hearing room.
All five were arrested on "assault by trespass" charges when they refused to leave. They were taken away in a Vancouver police wagon.
The hearings at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel kicked off last night with more than 1,000 noisy anti-pipelines protesters making their opinions heard outside.
UPDATE: All five arrestees have now been released (2pm Pacific Time) .