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Pipeline protester accused of assaulting sheriff

Charge approval remains pending further investigation

One of the pipeline protesters released on conditions Monday found herself back in custody for a time after she allegedly assaulted a peace officer at the Prince George courthouse, according to Prince George RCMP.

In a statement, RCMP said that, according to witnesses, the woman became agitated and assaulted a deputy sheriff. Police subsequently arrested the woman and she was held overnight then released the next day with a future court date.

The woman's name was not provided and charge approval remains pending further investigation.

She was among 20 people RCMP arrested last week for violating an injunction against blocking work on the Coast GasLink pipeline where it passes through Wet'suwet'en territory south of Houston.

All have since been released on a condition to stay away from the project and to appear in court on February 14.

Rallies outside the courthouse in support of the protesters have been peaceful, RCMP said.