A protest that shut down traffic in the intersection of Burrard and Cornwall streets today by a group identified as Extinction Rebellion has ended after 12 people were arrested for refusing to leave the road.

“Approximately 40 protesters gathered at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge at around 3 p.m. today, causing major traffic disruptions in both directions of the bridge,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD. “VPD negotiators warned the group several times that they would be arrested if they continued to block access to the bridge.”

Twelve people were arrested for intimidation by blocking a roadway.

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