UPDATED: Three arrested at Alton Gas site released

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STEWIACKE: On April 10, Nova Scotia RCMP attended a site on Riverside Rd. in Fort Ellis, Stewiacke, to enforce a court-ordered injunction against demonstrators impeding a natural gas project at Riverside Rd. in Fort Ellis, Stewiacke. The Order included obligations for the RCMP to enforce the terms of the Injunction.

At about 9 a.m., the Division Liaison Team, which is a team of specially trained RCMP members who build relationships with various groups/communities to mitigate conflict, spoke with demonstrators in the hope the terms of the Injunction Order would be met voluntarily. The demonstrators were open to dialogue, which was maintained for more than three hours. When it was determined that the terms of the injunction were not going to be met voluntarily, discussions continued and members took three women into custody without incident for Civil Contempt of an Injunction Order.A temporary exclusion zone and road closure were in place earlier today, but the areas are now open. RCMP will maintain an increased presence in the area to monitor the situation; resources will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.The Nova Scotia RCMP is impartial in this dispute and respects the Indigenous culture and their connection to Mother Earth, the company’s lawful right to complete its mandated work and the Court. Our primary goal is the safety and security of all involved while preserving the right to peaceful, lawful and safe demonstration within the terms set by the Supreme Court in the Injunction Order.

Dorene Bernard spoke on the scene on behalf of the Water Protectors.

“I don’t believe we should be prevented from being up there and witnessing what is happening,” she said.

“We have a long fight ahead of us, we know we are right, we know this is our treaty right,” said Bernard. “This is our inherent right and it should be all Nova Scotian’s right to stand up and protect water.”

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UPDATE#1: The three women arrested earlier today have been released from police custody.