Activists upset by Vancouver police raid
Vancouver police raided a home. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)
Anti-pipeline oil activists say a police raid on their East Vancouver home was heavy-handed as authorities searched for graffiti taggers spray-painting anti-pipeline messages in the city.
Gordon Hill lives at the residence on Parker Street and said that on June 3 about 16 officers with their guns drawn raided the home and detained five people as they went through the house.
Hill said he was told one resident at the home was the target of an investigation over the anti-pipeline graffiti tags seen around Vancouver, but accused police of having an ulterior motive.
"I think it serves multiple purposes, one is to intimidate and try to silence the growing opposition to oil and gas pipelines and tankers on the coast," Hill said. "And I think it's a fishing expedition for the police to come into our house to document our personal effects and activities."
He said six computers and four cell phones were seized by police. The Vancouver Police Department confirmed the raid was related to the graffiti, but could not offer further comment as the investigation is ongoing. The VPD said no charges have been laid. Hill said no one from the house is involved in the spray painting, but are involved in anti-pipeline activism.