The Regina’s mayor said there’s no doubt police have to abide by the court order to remove protesters camping in Wascana Park.
A judge ruled in favour of the provincial government on Friday, ordering the Justice for our Stolen Children camp to get out of the park because they are breaking bylaws.
Protesters remained there over the weekend as they reviewed the decision. As of Monday morning, 10 teepees remained on the west lawn of Wascana Park. Camp supporters said three teepees were taken down following the court order. The group is still taking time to figure out their next move and will update the public later on Monday.
Speaking on Gormley on Monday, Fougere said it is clear police will have to abide by the court order and hopes it’s done as soon as possible. However, as a member of the Board of Police Commissioners, Fougere cannot legally order police to do so.
“This will happen. Now, when it happens and the manner in which it happens is up to Chief Bray,” said Fougere.
The mayor said he spoke with the police chief over the weekend and understands he’s preparing to do what he has to under the court order in a peaceful manner.
Fougere explained looking back is always easy but there’s a learning value for everyone in this situation. He pointed out police did remove protestors once but they returned the next day. He said one could also make an argument that the government should have made incredible efforts to learn more about the reason behind the protest and speak more clearly about that.
“The balance between the right to protest and law and order is a difficult balance and every situation is different.”
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-with files from Andrew Shepherd