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Police arrest man protesting Canada Post mailbox installation

07/17/2015 09:40 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT
Hamilton Police have arrested a 69-year-old Hamilton man who tried to protest the installation of a super mailbox on a Mountain street Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.

Police said they were dispatched to Brucedale Avenue and East 34th Street to a dispute between a resident and contractors there to install a super mailbox for Canada Post.

What happened next sounds very much like a similar situation that happened in May — where a man set up a lawn chair where the mailbox was set to be installed, and refused to move — but ended much differently. 

In May, that was retiree Henry Evans-Tenbrinke, sitting in with friend and fellow activist Ken Stone, for a peaceful protest.

On Thursday, a 69-year-old Hamilton man was arrested "for mischief when he refused to move."

Neighbour Eva Finochio watched the ordeal from her front porch. She said the man whom she knows as Rick, put his lawn chair on the gravel bed and refused to move. As many as four police cruisers showed up, and they eventually cuffed

Stone confirmed it was not Evans-Tenbrinke, who is in Thunder Bay speaking at a Canadian Union of Postal Workers local, who was arrested.

Police said the Brucedale resident was seen, "bringing out a lawn chair and sat down on the work site, interfering with the installation. The man refused to move after many discussions between the contractors and upon police arrival. In addition during the attempts to communicate and resolve the issue, the man drove a vehicle adjacent to the site to further interfere with the use of the property and ultimately the installation."

"After a number of attempts to relay this information and engage in dialogue the man refused to cooperate or listen at any communications from police. Police arrested the man for mischief when he refused to move," said police, in a press release Friday morning.

Police did not immediately return calls for clarification on the arrest.

Evans-Tenbrinke called the details of the arrest "ludicrous."

"The police told me I had every right to be there," Evans-Tenbrinke said, recalling his own protest in which contractors also called police. "I had my car partially blocking the area as well."

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