Canadians Riot Against Fracking

Demonstrators set five cop cars on fire

Environmentalists protesting / AP

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Dozens of anti-fracking protestors were arrested in Canada after throwing Molotov cocktails and torches into at least five police cruisers on Thursday.

The demonstrators were rallying against a shale exploration project in New Brunswick, Canada, home to the Elsipogtog First Nation tribe, the National Post reported.

Many of the protestors were tribe members and New Brunswick locals.

The Post reports:

The Mounties said at least 40 people were arrested for firearms offences, threats, intimidation, mischief, and violating the court-ordered injunction.

The RCMP began enforcing the injunction at around 7:30 a.m. to end the blockade of a compound where energy company SWN Resources stores exploration equipment. Route 134 at Rexton and Route 11 between Richibucto and Sainte-Anne-de-Kent were closed to traffic for about 12 hours and schools in the area were closed early for the day after they were locked down as a precaution.

Rogers-Marsh said police decided to enforce the injunction because threats had been made against private security guards at the site the night before. She wouldn’t reveal what tactics police were using to contain the crowd and refused to comment on reports that officers had fired rubber bullets.

The Elsipogtog First Nation's chief was also arrested during the protest.

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