Indigenous Canadian fracking protesters refuse to back down

Demonstrators defy court injunction intended to keep them from interfering with Texas-based company’s seismic testing
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Protesters, led by Mi’kmaq indigenous people, after setting a fire to block a New Brunswick highway, begin a traditional round dance, Dec. 2, 2013.
Candi Simon/APTN

OTTAWA, Canada — Anti-fracking demonstrators set tires ablaze to block a New Brunswick highway Monday in a fiery response to a judge’s decision to extend an injunction limiting their protests against a Texas-based shale gas exploration company.

In a courtroom in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick, Judge Paulette Garnett ruled to continue through Dec. 17 the injunction obtained by SWN Resources Canada against a coalition of protesters led by Mi’kmaq indigenous people from the Elsipogtog First Nation.

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