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New Troubles at Elsipogtog

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New troubles at Elsipogtog:

I am proud at how fast the news of what is happening just outside of town Rexton, New Brunswick. Regarding photography and video, I have to give a major hat-tip to Miles Howe for his courage in covering the events from the stinky, tear gas, front lines (nevermind that when he goes MIA, all of Independent media holds their breath).

The seismic testing trucks were once again moving along Highway 26 in Kent Country, New Brunswick.

But wait, I have a visionary idea here:

The problem for both activists and law enforcement is the same thing, the presence of SWN Resources.

If when the SWN seismic "Thumper Trucks" arrives, then the demonstrators have to be there, and if the demonstrators have to be there, then law enforcement has to be out there.

So for the case of professional de-escalation, the solution to this problem for both the demonstrators and the police has to be getting rid of SWN Resources!

Problem solved. But, I digress.

Now for some more bad news:

On June 21, it has been reported by Howe' Halifax Indymedia –who has been at the Warrior enactment and those who guard the barricades, that the assault on the Mi'kmaq continues.

Today's arrest at the encampment has been twelve people, including a guy who tried to throw himself under a movement seismic truck – all on National Aboriginal Day.

In total, with Saturday's twelve arrests, this bring the total to twenty-nine arrests from both the Mi'kmaq and non-Ingenious communities.

According to eye witness reports from the scene," At about 1:15pm, a convoy of cars parked themselves on River Lane, near the town of Kent Junction, about 100 metres from the thumpers. About 40 people then stationed themselves on the side of the road adjacent to the 3 thumpers, and began drumming and singing. The thumpers stopped their procession, and a group then stationed themselves in front of the trucks, blocking their paths."

For a more detailed account of what happened, please see Miles Howe's report here.

It has also been reported that, courtesy of APTN, that the Canadian military deployed its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October 17, 2013,  raid on a Mi'kmaq Warrior Society camp.

Camouflage Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) personnel with assault rifles were caught on camera. And as APTN news found out through the release of an internal document, "Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act."

For a run down on what happened October 17, 2013, please see this article: 'An act of war': Armed RCMP officers carry out militant action against Mi'kmaq and Elsipogtog Nations 

*Photo by Miles Howe

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