On the second of December, Cheaspeake Earth First! stormed the building housing “America’s Natural Gas Alliance,” which SouthWest Energy uses for all their Federal lobbying. A banner was hung above the door while protesters were inside. A security guard attempted to lock protesters inside, but was not sucessful.
SouthWest Energy’s subsidiary SWN is attempting to explore for gas in New Brunswick, Canada on land belonging to the Mi’kmaq First Nation. The Mi’kmaq have been physically resisting the gas exploration by blockading SWN’s trucks in their staging area and on the highway.
On Friday, November 29, the RCMP declared they would again attempt to enforce an injunction against the blockades, only to be driven back by warriors using nothing more than thrown stones. Five people were arrested that day in New Bruswick.
The next working day, Monday, December 2nd, was declared a global day of solidarity with the Mi’kmaq as they defend their land and their homes from exploration that will otherwise lead to gas fracking. Actions took place all over Turtle Island, and on Mi’kmaq territory a burning tire blockade closed the road to gas exploring trucks.
As this is being written Mi’kmaq warriors and burning barricades have completely closed Highway 11, and the RCMP had completely surrounded the warriors. The RCMP is reported to be slowly moving in on foot.
STAY ALERT for any police violence against First Nations defenders, and remember that an attack on any Indigenous person anywhere is an attack on every Indigenous person everywhere.