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At least 40 people arrested for firearms offences, threats, intimidation and violating a court injunction, Rexton, N.B.

2013/10/17




The New Brunswick RCMP has arrested at least 40 people for various offences including firearms offences, uttering threats, intimidation, mischief, and for refusing to abide by a court injunction on Route 134, in Rexton, N.B.

The arrests were made on October 17, 2013, at the site of an ongoing protest. The court injunction was enforced and police were met with resistance by some of those at the site.

At least one shot was fired by someone other than police, Molotov cocktails were thrown at police, and at least five RCMP vehicles were destroyed by fire. The RCMP is also investigating suspected explosive devices at the scene.

"The RCMP has worked diligently with all parties involved in hopes for a peaceful resolution. Those efforts have not been successful. Tensions were rising, and serious criminal acts are being committed," says Cst. Jullie Rogers-Marsh of the New Brunswick RCMP. "There have been threats made to employees who were working with a private security firm at the site, as well as firearms offences, incidents of intimidation, mischief and other criminal behavior. For those reasons, and to ensure public safety, police action was required."

Police remain at the scene to deal with a large gathering of protesters, and continue to monitor the situation. A wide perimeter was set up around the area, in order to ensure public safety.

Route 134 at Rexton and Route 11 between Richibucto and Sainte-Anne-de-Kent remain closed to all traffic. Motorists are asked to use Route 126 instead of Route 11.

The public is reminded that a court injunction remains in effect and anyone who violates the conditions of that injunction could be arrested and face charges. The RCMP respects and protects the right to peaceful demonstration, however it must be done in a safe, peaceful and lawful manner.



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Cst. Jullie Rogers-Marsh
Media Relations Officer
New Brunswick RCMP
506-452-4252

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