Occupy Vancouver protester arrested and released

Photos by Keith Robertson

A 40-year-old Richmond man from the Occupy Vancouver protest was arrested today for alleged breach of the peace at about 4 p.m. Monday. Police have not released his name yet, but people on site said his name was Alejandro Rivas. 

According to participants on site, the man became agitated over comments by a member of the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service made at the new protest camp on the steps of Supreme Court. The protester became agitated and an Occupy Vancouver "peace keeper" stepped in to calm him down, observers said.

The protester got upset with the Occupy Vancouver peace keeper, and the two exchanged punches, prompting police to intervene to prevent any further violence or injuries, they added.

The man was arrested and quickly removed from the site. Police began an assault investigation, but the peace keeper did not want to press charges, so the protester was apparently arrested for breach of the peace.

More photos from the protest leading up to the arrest:




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