Canadian protesters arrested
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Two dozen protesters were arrested yesterday for preventing work on the road that will carry tourists and athletes between Vancouver and Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Demonstrators from the West Vancouver suburb have been camping out at the site for a month, defying a court order demanding they be removed. They say widening the Sea-to-Sky Highway will damage the majestic and environmentally sensitive Eagleridge Bluffs.
Accusing the provincial government of violating its promise to conduct a green 2010 Winter Olympics, the protest remained civil even while police began arrests.
Staff Sgt. Jim Almas reminded about 80 people that he had been coming to them for most of the last month asking them to leave.
"Today I am no longer asking you to leave," Almas said. "I'm telling you."