A protest that shut down traffic on the Granville Bridge today by a group identified as Extinction Rebellion has ended, after eight people were arrested by Vancouver Police for refusing to leave the bridge.

“A group of 30 to 40 protesters marched the streets of Downtown Vancouver towards Granville Bridge Sunday afternoon,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD. “They remained on the bridge for several hours disrupting traffic flow.”

The protest was peaceful and the majority of the people left the bridge.  Police were forced to arrest the remaining eight people for mischief and intimidation for blocking a roadway after several verbal warnings were given.

It is expected those arrested will be released pending a later court date.