RCMP arrest at least 40 people at site of shale gas protest in New Brunswick

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REXTON, N.B. — Police say they have arrested at least 40 people in eastern New Brunswick at the site of a protest over shale gas development that turned violent today.

The Mounties say the people were arrested for firearms offences, threats, intimidation, mischief and violating a court-ordered injunction near Rexton.

The RCMP say at least five of their vehicles have been destroyed after they were set on fire, Molotov cocktails were thrown at officers, and at least one shot was fired by someone who isn’t a police officer.

Police began enforcing an injunction today where energy company SWN Resources stores exploration equipment.

The protesters want the company to leave the province.

Organizations: RCMP, SWN Resources

Geographic location: New Brunswick

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