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UPDATE: RCMP Appear to Be Withdrawing as Solidarity Protests Spread

Posted on the 17 October 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

from Earth First! Newswire

Early reports are saying that the RCMP appears to be withdrawing from the Mi’kmaq blockade, leaving hundreds of protesters victorious (for now). The armored personnel carrier has reportedly left the scene already, and more vehicles are leaving presently.

Canada is currently in an uproar about the violent surprise attack on the Mi’kmaq’s peaceful blockade this morning, which involved sniper rifles, attack dogs, tear gas, pepper spray, and plastic bullets. Solidarity protests have spread throughout “North American” cities, from Washington, DC, to Ontario, Canada. At the same time, a solidarity blockade of Highway 5 by the Six Nations in Ontario snarled traffic for hours.

Talks between the Elsipogtog and the premier of New Brunswick are set to recommence within days, and a national day of action in support of the blockade was called for tomorrow. No word yet as to whether talks will continue or not. If reports are true, and the RCMP does stand down, they only do so due to the courage and bravery of the First Nations—not only the Elsipogtog and the Mi’kmaq, but their supporters who have defended and upheld their rights from the very beginning.

The state will likely be licking their wounds, spreading lies about violent protesters, and trying to analyze the best way to take the land over. We must continue to support the Mi’kmaq through social media and neighborhood conversations. Let’s stop the PR industry machine in its tracks.

We’ll keep you posted!

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