Dick Cheney Vancouver Club protest erupted into small acts violence, police report says

Approximately 250 protesters gathered at the Vancouver Club in the 900 West Hastings Street last night to protest former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's attendance at a local book club event, Vancouver police report. The police force was built up from officers from across the city who "responded to enhance the existing police presence and diffuse the increasingly boisterous and violent demonstration that included several protesters concealing their identity with disguises and protesters repeatedly attempting to break through police lines to gain entry into the building," police said. The protesters had gathered after Human Rights Watch and various anti-war groups called for Cheney's arrest in Vancouver for war crimes. "Despite attempts on the part of protesters to provoke officers into physical confrontations throughout the evening, officers maintained restraint and worked to ensure the protest remained lawful," the police department's communications officer said. "One protester, a 51 year old Vancouver man, was arrested for allegedly lunging at a Vancouver Club staff member and choking him, causing minor injuries to the victim," police have also said. The protester was later released from custody on a promise to appear in court for assault. The demonstration continued until around 10 p.m. and despite what police called "the aggressiveness of the protesters," there were no injuries, "aside from the one staff member who was the victim of an alleged assault."

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