Arrests at Sacred Fire in New Brunswick (Video)

Twelve people were arrested Friday morning by the RCMP at the site of a sacred fire as part of an on-going protest in New Brunswick over seismic testing in the area.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Chantal Farrah said the arrests were made because people were attempting to block trucks and workers.

Farrah said seven men and five women were taken into custody on Route 126 outside Moncton near Elisipogtog First Nation.

The sacred fire was lit by members of Elsipogtog on June 11 beside a highway where seismic testing vehicles are searching for shale gas deposits.

Opponents of the exploration fear that once the company, SWN Resources Canada, finds shale gas, it won’t be long before it employs a controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, to get at it.

Photos on social media show some of the arrests, including one that appears to be a man holding a sacred pipe, with his hands in plastic cuffs.

VIDEO 12 People arrested at Anti Shale Protest on Route 126 in Kent County

Responses to "Arrests made at sacred fire protest in New Brunswick"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Other than raising awareness, was anything accomplished in this action?

  2. Anonymous says:

    People do whatever they can. Imagine if the officers had walked up like they were going to do their job, then turned around and joined the protesters. If we all start answering to the highest power, and do what we KNOW is right instead of what we're TOLD to will be the beginning of a real healing for the planet and all humanity. We have to be brave. Idle no more!

  3. Anonymous says:

    who is peaceful ,law abiding and who is ill-treating and terrorising? but the judgement will be in reverse?

  4. Anonymous says:

    These people live in peace, leave them alone, leave their land alone, end of story

  5. Anonymous says:

    Kia kaha ra nga whanau hapu ..e tu koutou ki te whakapono o te kaupapa nei..mauriora!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where is the reason? People, no matter who say let it be, we dont want our earth and our water poisoned from chemicals. Who has allowed this mentally deficient work? THERE is the reason..Greetings from Germany and great success for your protest

  7. Unknown says:

    As a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin we have fought the Exxon Corp to stop mining at the headwaters of the Wolf River... and for our brothers and sisters in Canada to stop this destructive practice of fracking they must protest and stand strong.. The fascist exist in Canada as well and they must never give in .

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