Violence broke out near Rexton, N.B., Thursday as RCMP moved in on a group of First Nations protesting a shale gas project in New Brunswick.
At least 40 people have been arrested for “various offences including firearms offences, uttering threats, intimidation, mischief and for refusing to abide by a court injunction,” said the RCMP.
For months now, the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation has been protesting shale gas exploration in the province. An injunction was issued two weeks ago against a blockade — which had spilled out onto Route 134, near Rexton — set up in front of a SWN Resources Canada compound. The oil exploration company has been performing seismic testing in New Brunswick, a precursor to actual shale fracking.
Elsipogtog councillor Robert Levi told the Canadian Press that RCMP officers have sprayed “dozens” of people with pepper spray.
“The chief was manhandled a little bit and all hell broke loose,” said Levi.
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