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Editor:

On Oct. 12, the RCMP closed the Peters Road off the Trans-Canada Highway from 4-6 p.m. The RCMP were put in a difficult situation of following orders that did not make sense. The road was closed in an attempt to keep protesters from witnessing the destruction of area referred to as the hemlock grove.

The reason the RCMP had to give was for "safety" reasons. The road was not unsafe and at 6 p.m. was opened as there were no longer "safety" concerns. It was an embarrassment to see officers following orders that put them in a situation of, well, of not telling the truth or being able to give the real reasons for the temporary road closure. Who is giving the orders our RCMP are forced to follow?

More than a dozen citizens have been charged with trespassing and will be in court in December. Again the RCMP are being used to stifle legitimate, lawful, protest which is a right of all citizens on our Island. Peter Bevan-Baker, for example, will be in court facing charges of trespassing and "failing to leave when asked to do so". Peter followed the orders of the force charged with serving and protecting us. When Peter was asked to leave the construction area on Oct. 9, he left almost immediately and peaceably, offering no resistance. Yet he was still charged with failure to leave. Like the road closure for "safety" reasons, whose orders are the RCMP following?

Islanders, take note of how our rights to peacefully protest actions by our government are threatened. Come to the court house on Water Street to witness the charges laid against Islanders who have the integrity to stand up to criticize the actions of this government.

Note: I have voted in all provincial and federal elections since being of voting age. I have voted Conservative, New Democrat, Green, and, yes, most often Liberal.

Richard Baker,

Argyle Shore

Organizations: RCMP, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Peters Road, Water Street

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