Seven people were arrested in connection to the dismantling of two structures that had been set up on the north grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Police moved in on Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2022, to ensure that security officers from the Legislative building could work safely as they removed the encampment.
The camp was initially set up in the spring and was expanded during the summer months. Organizers took to social media looking for help to build a “law lodge” on Monday but those plans were thwarted by police
According to a media release Tuesday from Winnipeg Police, “Poles were laid on the ground forming a border to delineate their claimed space. Legislative Security Officers and police advised participants to cease bringing in the materials as it was contrary to The Legislative Security Act. Despite verbal warnings, the group formed a long human chain, preventing officers from carrying out their duties and providing cover for the individuals bringing in materials such as wooden poles 30 feet in length.”
Seven individuals between the ages of 27 and 55 were arrested and charged with Obstruct Peace Officer and Deposit Items in Legislative Precinct That Support Extended Stay.
Police say that weapons were found at the site.