OVER 250 PEOPLE took part in a spirited demonstration in Halifax on Friday afternoon, October 18, to condemn the violence unleashed by the Canadian state against the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. Some 40 protesters were arrested Thursday, outside the Elsipogtog First Nation reserve near Rexton, NB where they had set up a blockade two weeks ago to try to stop seismic testing at the site of a proposed shale gas development.
Waving flags and placards in front of an Irving Oil service station on the heavily travelled Robie Street, the protesters were constantly saluted by drivers honking their horns in support.
Following several speakers, everyone marched south on Robie to the Willow Tree intersection, which was occupied for 20 minutes or so, and then on to the South Commons for drumming and a circle dance.
All Out to Support the Just Demands of the Elsipogtog First Nation!
Oppose the Criminalization of Their Just Demands!