Two individuals were arrested Tuesday at Chapman Creek. Both were women and one a freelance journalist. The other woman was taking food to the young protesters who have joined the fray. Apparently, Western Forest Product's operations were shut down as a result of all the activity: protestors blocking the helilogging landing area, people driving in and out and police trying to enforce the injunctions. No doubt, a good time was had by all. This is starting to get really interesting.
Word has it this is the second day WFP was shut down. On Monday morning, young protesters headed up the logging roads intent on stopping the logging only to be met with a barricade. This barricade had been set up by the striking unionized loggers trying to stop the non-unionized loggers working for Western from getting to work. The police arrived, spoke politely to the union workers, left and returned with an injunction and the the strikers left but apparently some time had passed and WFP called it a day.
Well, it is little surprise then that WFP's lawyers are visiting our blogs and websites. No doubt they are looking for names that they can slap injunctions on. Now, get this. Word has it that WFP officials are telling people that the injunction that brought down the barricade two weeks ago applies to protesters meeting in the IGA parking lot at the corner of Field Road & Hwy 101. A group was informed that their presence in the lot was impeding WFP's operations and therefore in violation of the junction. I've never seen a logging truck drive through the IGA parking lot. If WFP tries to broaden the scope of that injunction, they will soon find the whole population of the Sunshine Coast standing not only in the parking lot but up and down Field Road and Highway 101.