Six Greenpeace activists who climbed the cross on Mount Royal to unfurl a banner protesting the clear-cutting for forests were arrested after they came down Tuesday morning.
At daybreak, the demonstrators dressed in orange jumpsuits climbed the cross to hang a banner that read "Defender of the forests: Justice."
“The message that we want to send is that we want to denounce the imbalance between Resolute Forest Products, the biggest logging company in Canada, and the poor defenceless boreal forest,” Nicholas Mainville, the Quebec director for Greenpeace said.
A dozen police officers set up a perimeter at the base of the cross and asked the 20 protestors holing up signs to leave. They did not ask protestors on the structure to come down for their safety.
“You have to understand that this is a metal structure it’s very cold, so if we force them to come down people can get injured,” Daniel Lacoursière, a spokesperson with the SPVM said.
Three men and three women between the ages of 19 and 28 came down around 11:30 and face charges of mischief.
In November, a group of Greenpeace activists scaled the Biosphere on St. Helen's Island to unfurl a banner calling for the release of 30 people — including a Montrealer — arrested by the Russians for a protest at an oil rig two months earlier.