Leftist protester tried to trap posh restaurant-goers in Vancouver: Cops

May 9, 2013. The view of downtown Vancouver, B.C.

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VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have arrested a woman accused of trying to chain the door of an upscale Downtown Eastside restaurant and trap staff inside in an effort to protest the neighbourhood's increasing gentrification.

Robyn Pickell was taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. Monday in the generally crime- and poverty-ridden neighbourhood.

Staff members were working inside the chic Pidgin restaurant on March 15 when they saw a woman attempting to chain and lock the front doors a little after midnight.

The 25-year-old appeared in court Tuesday before being released from custody on an undertaking. She's next due in front of a judge May 24.

Pidgin has been the site of frequent anti-gentrification protests since February.

Demonstrators have yelled at patrons entering and exiting the restaurant, and even went so far as to shine flashlights through the windows as diners ate.

Police also attended the scene when one protester was attacked with either bear or pepper spray.

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