Police report six protesters arrested outside Fairmont Hotel G8 University Summit
What began as a peaceful protest this afternoon ended with three men and three women being taken into custody by Vancouver Police after protesters tried to storm the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel located at 900 Canada Place Way, in opposition to a meeting taking place inside.
A group of about eighty people rallying for the Peoples Street Summit in Opposition to the G8 repeatedly pushed against a police line that was erected to prevent them from forcing their way inside the hotel. When their attempts failed, the protesters turned their attention to blocking the roadway in an effort to stop a bus containing delegates from leaving the hotel.
Additional on-duty Vancouver Police members were called to attend to prevent a further escalation in violence and the group was dispersed but not before significant damage occurred to police bicycles and equipment. More than sixty police officers were on hand until the group dispersed. No injuries were reported. A small contingent later made their way to the Vancouver Jail to protest the arrest of the others.
The group had formed earlier in the afternoon at the Art Gallery before taking to the street in a march towards Canada Place. A handful of people were masked up and wearing black clothing. A number of them were recognized as having been involved in past protests.