Mi'kmaq briefly block major New Brunswick highway

More than 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to an RCMP raid on an anti-fracking encampment Thursday.

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REXTON,NB–More than 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to an RCMP raid on an anti-fracking encampment Thursday.

Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, waving red and white Mi’kmaq and red Mohawk Warrior flags a the group marched a few hundred metres from the remains of the raided encampment and first took over the Hwy 11 overpass that crosses above Route 134, which was once blocked and was the scene of Thursday’s raid by heavily armed and camouflaged RCMP tactical teams.

The blockade lasted a little over an hour and ended amid rumours a heavy police reaction was headed toward the scene.

An RCMP spokeswoman would only say the blockade occurred and that the force was “assessing the situation.”

Hwy 11 runs north from Moncton to the Miramichi and onto Bathurst.

Route 134 was not blocked, but remains reduced to one lane of traffic.

The current blockade sits about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation, which has been at the heart of anti-fracking actions, and 80 kilometres north of Moncton.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

2 thoughts on “Mi'kmaq briefly block major New Brunswick highway

  1. The rcmp can go f*ck themselfs, thay lied about not using rubber bullets, my friends got shot, and thay attacted us first, LIERS!!!!!

  2. this heavy handed behaviour on behalf of the rcmp and govt. makes me ashamed to call myself Canadian. when will they realize that THE most important commodity will be potable water? same things are happening in bc with fracking, pipelines, deforestation, increased tanker traffic off some of the most dangerous weather along our west coast . . I attended the rally for solidarity yesterday. there will be no jobs for any Canadians (as harper keeps selling us out to offshore countries, unless you count the volunteers needed to clean up oil spills after they happen!

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