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Mi'kmaq Blockade, Stimulator, October 2013

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    [ Stimulator ] Mi'kmaq territories, in so-called
    "Rexton, New Brunswick", October 17, 2013.
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    "...fuckin' let ___ go!!!"
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    [RCMP] "You alright?"
    [woman] "Oh no you're not alright, you assholes!"
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    [ Stimulator ] At approximately 7:30 a.m.,
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    over 200 cops of the Royal Colonial
    Mounted Police, or RCMP,
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    descended on a Mi'kmaq protest camp
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    that had been blockading
    fracking exploration equipment
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    owned by Texas-based South Western Energy,
    or SWN.
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    The Mi'kmaq are the original inhabitants
    of this land,
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    and have been engaged in a struggle against SWN,
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    and their intent to frack their territories
    for natural gas since earlier this summer.
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    The cops came in, guns drawn, with safety's off,
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    and several of them were outfitted with
    camouflage and carried semi-automatic rifles.
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    They had surrounded the encampment
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    where members of the Mi'kmaq Warrior Society
    were staying.
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    [ Mark Corbiere ] They came in through
    the fire exit, the far entrance, near the highway,
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    with probably about 75 to 100 cops on that end.
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    There were shots fired at one point,
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    I believe one of the people in camo
    was firing in the air.
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    [ Stimulator ] I then saw molotov cocktails
    bein' lobbed at the heavily armed cops
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    by people hiding in the woods.
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    [loud intense screams ]
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    I was then kicked out of the conflict zone by
    a senior officer, and threatened with arrest.
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    [cop] If you do happen to come back, sir,
    I'm just saying, I'm not saying you are, but if you do,
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    you will be placed under arrest.
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    [ Stimulator ] I refused to go behind the police line,
    and kept a position where I could witness the events,
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    and avoid arrest for as long as possible.
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    [cop on bullhorn] Attention! Attention!
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    You are prohibited from hindrance, interference,
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    or obstructing access to the staging area
    into our facility,
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    or obstructing or impeding traffic.
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    Anyone that continues to do so will be arrested
    and removed from this area by police."
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    [ Stimulator ] A tense standoff continued
    for the next two hours.
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    [ Stimulator ] I could hear supporters gathering
    from behind the police line in the town of Rexton.
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    [ Stimulator ] Mi'kmaq supporters were able
    to break through the RCMP line,
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    and were rapidly headed in the direction
    of the blockade while singing songs.
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    At this point I could see the police were panicking.
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    [ shot fired ]
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    The cops in camouflage moved in
    on the Warrior encampment,
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    and another group of police formed a line
    to meet the supporters,
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    effectively pushing me out of the conflict zone.
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    [ yelling from supporters and cops... ]
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    Scuffles between police and
    supporters of the Warriors followed,
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    and a fierce standoff between Mi'kmaq youth
    and the RCMP continued throughout the day.
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    The cops used pepper spray
    and beanbag rounds on the crowd,
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    which included many underage youth.
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    [ hollers from the supporters ]
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    [young woman ] It hurts! It hurts it hurts!
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    [ Stimulator ] Anger at the police
    was at a boiling point,
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    and in fear, the cops abandoned their cars
    and moved to the safety of the police line.
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    At around 1:30 pm supporters were asked to
    put down their cameras
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    while people set the RCMP vehicles aflame,
    to the cheers of many.
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    Fire trucks were told to turn around
    and let the cop cars burn.
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    The cops continued to amass behind the police line.
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    Cops in full riot gear, armored personnel carriers,
    and dozens of snipers filled the blockade site,
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    but the fearlessness of the Mi'kmaq people
    was unquestionable,
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    and they would not leave
    until the RCMP invaders were gone.
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    Around this time, reports started coming in
    that all SWN equipment had been removed.
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    Finally, around dusk, after arresting over 40 people,
    the cops retreated and left the zone.
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    On Saturday, hundreds of people from all over
    Turtle Island descended on the blockade site.
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    The corporate media were told by locals
    that they were not welcome,
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    and were ordered to leave the area.
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    I stood up! I stood up and told them
    to get the fuck outta here!
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    [ Stimulator ] As reports of solidarity actions
    from around the globe came in,
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    people blocked Highway 11 for several hours,
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    signaling to the world that the resistance
    against South Western Energy
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    will continue until all frackers are gone.
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    [ Captions by the Radical Access Mapping Project,
    On Un-ceded Coast Salish Territories, 2013
    ]
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Mi'kmaq Blockade, Stimulator, October 2013
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