APTN National News
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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