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Alex Silas, the regional v-p of the PSAC arrested ; was during a strike in Ottawa

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The regional executive vice-president of the 'PSAC, Alex Silas, was arrested Wednesday morning in Ottawa during a picket

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The regional executive vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in the National Capital Region, Alex Silas, was arrested Wednesday morning in Ottawa during a picket involving civilian personnel from military bases in Ontario and Quebec.

Media had been invited to an update on the strike outside the Joint Intelligence Operations Center of the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces in the east end of the city, where more than 100 people were gathered.

Several held banners in the PSAC colors, while others chanted solidarity through megaphones.

But before union leaders could address the media, PSAC regional executive vice-president Alex Silas was arrested and escorted by police officers to an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) vehicle.

In a video captured by CBC News, a police officer can be seen telling Silas that he was under arrest under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act for obstructing traffic. p>LoadingFederal government invests $28 million to curb auto theft

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The trade unionist was then placed in the back of the police car.

The crowd of strikers then gathered around the police vehicle chanting Free Alex!

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Nearly 500 civilian employees of military bases in Ontario and Quebec have been on strike since January 15. The strike affects workers at the Petawawa, Kingston, Valcartier, Montréal St-Jean and Bagotville bases, as well as other employees whose jobs are in Ottawa

In an email, the OPS confirmed to CBC that a person had been arrested during a protest in the area and that their investigation was continuing.

Nearly 500 civilian employees at military bases in Ontario and Quebec have been on strike since January 15.

The The strike affects workers at the Petawawa, Kingston, Valcartier, Montréal St-Jean and Bagotville bases, as well as other employees whose jobs are in Ottawa. Workers offer programs through Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS).

The union said it a fair national salary scale.

The strike movement caused road closures in the sector on Wednesday morning.

With information from CBC News

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