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Fracking protestors clash with police in New Bruswick

PostedOctober 17, 2013 by in Canada
Two vehicles burn near a fracking protest in Rexton, N.B. (Courtesy of Gilles Boudreau)

Two vehicles burn near a fracking protest in Rexton, N.B. (Courtesy of Gilles Boudreau)

Read this breaking news story from CBC.ca on today’s clash between fracking protestors and police in New Brunswick.

Shale gas protesters and RCMP trying to enforce an injunction are clashing in Rexton, N.B., with the violence including two police vehicles that have been set on fire.

The violence started about 1 p.m. Thursday, after police fired pepper spray at a group of male protesters trying to push through the police line.

CBC reporter Tori Weldon said it sounded as if shots were fired.

The vehicles set on fire are a cruiser and one that is unmarked, according to another CBC reporter, Jen Choi.

The RCMP moved in on the protesters on Route 134 in Rexton early Thursday, to enforce a court injunction issued on Oct. 3 against demonstrators who have been blocking a highway for weeks.

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16 Comments


  1.  
    Daphne Hankonen

    While I am unclear exactly what took place (other than the police pepper spraying some protesters and police vehicles set ablaze) I do know these things:
    1.) Protests form when people feel disenfranchised. First Nations, and all Canadians really, have not been consulted about fracking. That’s an injustice that will be righted.
    2.) Protesters must remain peaceful no matter what. I’d like to see even more video documenting of all protests in the future.
    3.) Fracking is being done with little public consultation and little scientific transparency because the truth about it is ugly: it’s bad for the climate, toxic to groundwater and the average citizen if informed and consulted would reject it.

    It takes courage, community and conviction to protest. I hope they continue peaceful resistance and only get stronger after this unfortunate police clash.




  2.  
    bob

    hi j hope you like the irish better…eh

    they are also trying this action in Ireland, but the Irish people have fought the big companies to a standstill for 13 years check out the fight at

    http://www.shelltosea.com/

    the police illegally arrest the locals for the companies, a film was make to support the locals “THE PIPE” on imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1674204/

    i can only hope that the same courage to stand for what is right is allowed for your convictions.

    just to let you all know you do not stand alone in this small planet earth.

    let us journey into the future in peace, we stand beside you and please check us out and share ideas to keep our rights.

    tiocfaidh bhúr lá (“your day will come”) borthers and sisters




  3.  

    We “the people” of NB have all the rights to say no to fracking, selling of NB Power behind the peoples backs, stripping our forest ect, if we allow the goverments and Big greedy companys come into our province, strip our lands, destroy our fresh water rivers and streams, for a few jobs that will last a Few Years then we deserve what is left “NOTHING”. Greedy companys pay our polititions millions to rap our lands, destroying our ways of living, destroy animals,”HUNTING” streams and rivers “FISHING”, and many other of our resources, then after the Greedy are gone the government has their pockets full of money, the Greedy companys have our resources and we are left with all the polluted lands and waters that nothing can live in “including us”. So is standing up for what we believe in so bad? if we keep letting these horror events continue then we’ll all end up elsewhere, some other place that we won’t be calling HOME. So if you Love your province “New Brunswick” then stand together, fight these Greedy people and show them “we as New Brunswickers” will not allow these things to happen any more, TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG.




  4.  
    CB

    Hello my friends in this struggle.
    I personally understand how difficult it can be to remain calm and detached when the “MAN” is staring you in the face with a gun. I am a 50 year old woman from the west coast. I have had many experiences with non violent protest against nuclear weapons etc.

    I have also recently had an experience with the RCMP where I was arrested because I flew off the handle and said some things I should not have.

    So I understand being frustrated, angry, none of us is immune to having our chains yanked by these individuals such as bad cops, politicians etc.

    My point is this: I am with you. My spirit reaches out to you. Continue to listen to the council of your respected elders. To follow the path of the passive warrior, is truly the job of the bravest and the best of us. I know you are all up to the task. I wish I could be there with you all. Sincerely, Coryn




  5.  
    Dennis Woodrow Burden

    We could stick two probes outta the window and suck it for free outta the atmosphere …….. but no it has to have something to do with tearing the shit out of our Mother to make economic cents….. sick world hey !!




    •  
      J

      @ Damien: The criminal activity I am referring to is burning cars and stealing SWN trucks. Doesn’t matter if police escalated things or not, they are the police. They use whatever force they deem necessary, that is their job. Civilians don’t get to retaliate when the police ask them to move along to uphold a junction.

      @ AJ: Racist for saying that is the mindset of natives? Lol. Truth hurts or what? Straight to the racist card, not surprised. The fact that you all feel justified to retaliate in the manner exhibited by all these recent demonstrations proves the sense of entitlement most of you all have, as well as the immature mindset. You guys want all the benefits, but don’t want to give anything back. Where do you think all the money comes from that goes into your monthly band cheques and other benefits? In order for the province to generate jobs, money and prosperity it needs to invest and explore various options such as fracking.

      Like it or not Canada is built on its natural resources. If you fellers all want a piece of the gravy train then ya better get on board with new developments that can support new jobs and the economic sustainability of the province.

      I suspect most of you don’t know to much regarding the real science behind this process anyway, bunch of sheep that blindly accept whatever dogma is tossed your way. The irony of native people claiming their environmentalists and want to protect the land. REally? How many of your youth actually feel that way? How many of them actually emulate the past culture and ways of native peoples? Very few I would say. Instead your all mouthing off, acting out in violent manners, torching cars and the like. Your reserves are filled with problems beyond that of the general populous – poverty, crime, corruption, squalor. I guess I might act like that to if I was given everything. There is no incentive to be anything other then leeches on society. What’s that? It’s all the white man’s fault? Lol. You guys should take some responsibility, pick yourselves up by your boot straps and start contributing to society like the rest of us -t hat or have your land back, forfeit all the benefits afforded to you by the rest of us hard working tax payers and see how far you get living off your traditional ways that are long forgotten by your misguided youth of today’s generation.




      •  
        randy

        shut that ignorant pie hole j




      •  
        bob

        so you are saying that concerned people are just stupid..eh
        so we irish are also stupid for standing up for our rights, i would say your grandfather was one of so, and you sir have lost your way..

        they are also trying this action in Ireland, but the Irish people have fought the big companies to a standstill for 13 years check out the fight at

        http://www.shelltosea.com/

        the police illegally arrest the locals for the companies, a film was make to support the locals “THE PIPE” on imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1674204/

        i can only hope that the same courage to stand for what is right is allowed for your convictions.

        just to let you all know you do not stand alone in this small planet earth.

        let us journey into the future in peace, we stand beside you and please check us out and share ideas to keep our rights.

        tiocfaidh bhúr lá (“your day will come”) borthers and sisters




  6.  
    J

    Warriors? lol. Bunch of yahoo idiots more like it. This is a good example of the simple mindset of most natives. Most people probably aren’t for fracking; however this kind of protesting does nothing except alienate most non natives. It is also criminal behavior and all of them should be locked up and charged. Boo hoo you don’t like fracking, so your solution is torch and steal cars and act violent when a court has ordered you to move along? I know 5 year old children that have more tact and common sense. Bunch of idiots running around thinking they’re vigilantes. If you want to make a difference maybe you should assimilate some, get an education, and work your way to the top of government and these kind of companies so that you can have a meaningful influence.

    The sense of entitlement is pretty ridiculous. You should all feel quite privileged about all the benefits you get over the rest of society. Blah blah we were here first, so what no one cares.




    •  
      Damien Gillis

      Injunctions are a civil, not criminal matter, J. This is a political issue.

      See my recent editorial:

      http://commonsensecanadian.ca/rcmp-clash-mikmaq-fracking-protestors-provoked/




    •  
      AJ Klein

      “The simple mindset of most natives”???

      Wow, and yours is a great example of the simple mindset of most racists.

      Wake the fuck up.

      Signed,
      The non-bigots in the world




    •  
      AJ Klein

      Oh, and you might also want to look into knowing what you’re talking about before you do it. It was the RCMP who escalated here, and these people have been attempting to do peaceful blockades to PROTECT THEIR WATER (sort of an important thing to have a good source of) for quite some time. It’s not like the went straight for torching the cars of the pawns that serve corporate greed and government corruption.

      Wow, a racist who doesn’t actually have all the information. I’m shocked.




  7.  

    The warriors, women, youth and men were sleeping this morning when the RCMP and paramilitary moved in on them, women were handled, chief and council arrested, the warriors will not move and had to defend themselves, whether we are aware of it or not, we too, anyone who takes a stand will be handled in the same manner. The point is, a declaration of war was strategically planned by the Corporate world and is now being implemented by the KKK Harper squad, whom I might add, were waiting for the opportunity to make examples of their not so idle threats…the war on water is a war on our life, our lives, all our relations, water is life, what will we do when there is no clean water to drink? at the rate of fracking and the millions of gallons of water required to frack, access to clean drinking water will fast become the most valuable commodity on earth and it already is for that matter…masi cho Mikmag warriors for defending life, water…now it is our time to stand in solidarity along side you…for all our relations, for those unborn…




  8.  
    Jerich Morey

    rcmp moved in on the anti-fracking protesters this mourning shooting rubber bullets and tear gas the advancement by law enforcement was unprovoked it is still undetermined who set the rcmp cars on fire





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