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- Created: Thursday, 17 October 2013 17:26
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Police used pepper spray, CBC reporter says it sounds as if shots fired
Shale gas protesters and RCMP trying to enforce an injunction are clashing in Rexton, N.B., with the violence including two police vehicles that have been set on fire.
The violence started about 1 p.m. Thursday, after police fired pepper spray as a group of male protesters tried to push through the police line.
CBC reporter Tori Weldon said it sounded as if shots were fired.
The vehicles set on fire are a cruiser and one that is unmarked, according to CBC reporter Jen Choi, who is at the scene.
RCMP move in on Rexton protest
The scene Thursday morning on Route 134 in Rexton as RCMP shut down the highway. (Michele Brideau/Radio-Canada)
The RCMP moved in on the protesters on Route 134 in Rexton early Thursday, enforcing a court injunction issued on Oct. 3 against the protesters, who have been blocking a highway for weeks.
RCMP notified the public notice at 7:45 a.m. about the closure of Route 134. A subsequent notice at 8:21 a.m. indicated Highway 11 was closed between Rexton and Sainte-Anne-de-Kent, and that delays were expected.
"I can confirm police are enforcing a court injunction and in order to ensure public safety, we have closed the road until it is resolved," said RCMP spokesperson Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh.
"The road will remain closed until the situation has been resolved and certainly public safety is our number one priority at this point."