That meeting was followed by an additional report, from a source Phillip considered to be reliable, that approximately 200 RCMP officers were gathering in towns close to the camp.“There were phone calls made to the highest levels of the RCMP in Ottawa, who, under great pressure, admitted they were fully engaged,” added Phillip.Fearing imminent violence, Phillip said he then “dropped everything” and immediately drove to the camp on Sunday, stopping only to buy a sleeping bag on the way.As he traveled, wider speculation swirled that the impending raid could possibly be a test drive of new powers afforded to police by the newly enacted Bill C-51.Though no evictions or raids have yet taken place, Phillip’s comments, which also warned of potential of mass arrests, prompted the BC Civil Liberties Association to issue a strongly worded letter to the RCMP, stating that such a move would be “disastrous” and “would not respect the constitutionally-respected Title and Rights of the Unist’ot’en, as well as their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
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