Indigenous water protector faces bail hearing arising from Gaspesie anti-fracking blockade

Gaspesie sq

Surete du Quebec at the site of the blockade during the raid of August 14, 2017.

OTTAWA, AUGUST 18 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
This morning, 10:30am Atlantic time, Anishinaabe water protector and Ottawa resident Fredrick Stoneypoint will receive the decision of judge Denis Paradis’ on whether he will get bail release for the severe charges he is facing.

Stoneypoint has been in custoday since August 14 when Quebec provincial police (‘SQ’) took down an over-a-week-long blockade that was preventing oil/gas company Junex from proceeding on its exploratory fracking activities in the Gaspesie, eastern Quebec.

The blockade was done completely anonymously up until Stoneypoint’s arrest, and he has not divulged names of any of his comrades in the blockade while in custody.
A non-blockade camp against the fracking is still in operation nearby with group Environnment Vert Plus.
There has been very little English media coverage of the grassroots and Indigenous opposition to Junex’s activities.
Stoneypoint is a Carleton University student, member of Sagamok Anishinawbek First Nation, and was one of the organizers of the Reoccupation of Parliament Hill earlier this summer that ‘Unsettled’ the Canada Day 150 patriot celebrations.

STATEMENT FROM FREDDY STONEYPOINT
AUGUST 17 as RELEASED TO HIS LAWYERS A.RIAHI AND R.DESVIGNES:
“As a representative of Bawating water protectors, my only wish is to activate my ceremonial being in defense of land and waters through peaceful means. I am not an activist, I am an Anishinaabe man working to protect the land for future generations. I thank all of my supporters working towards same future for all on Turtle Island. Tomorrow at 10h30 AM, I will receive decision on my bail hearing”

-LINKS-

ENGLISH MEDIA STATEMENTS on the JUNEXIT BLOCKADE at:
https://mtlcounter-info.org/en/
Video with MI’KMAQ CHIEF GARY METALLIC SR in support of blockade:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhOwTmSNje4

-CONTACTS-

Stoneypoint’s LAWYERS
* Arij Riahi:
https://www.arijriahi.net/
* Raphaelle Desvignes:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/DesmaraisDesvignes
Percé COURTHOUSE (Gaspé):
418-782–2055, 418-782–2906
* info on criminal proceedings at Percé is not publicly available online

Masked protesters block road to oil exploration company’s well

Protest is happening at Junex’s Galt site, about 20 kilometres away from Gaspé

CBC News, August 8, 2017

More than a dozen masked protesters have created a blockade on a road leading to an oil exploration site near the city of Gaspé.

The protesters arrived on Tuesday and laid down tree trunks to block access to the road that goes to the Galt #4 well, owned by oil-exploration company Junex.

Junex’s Galt oil project is one of the most advanced projects of its kind in Quebec.

A Radio-Canada cameraman was sent to the protest, but was asked to leave by the protesters, who would not speak to him on the record.

However, a post on the anarchist website “Montréal Contre-Information” shed some light on their motivations.

On Sunday, the post went up, calling on people to protest against Junex’s oil project and reassert the sovereignty of the Mi’kmaq First Nation.

When asked, the chief of the Gespeg nation, Manon Jeannotte, said she wasn’t aware of any planned protests.

Junex President and CEO Jean-Yves Lavoie said he’s aware of the blockade and has called authorities but would not comment further.

Provincial police are monitoring the situation. A spokesperson said there are officers on the site of the protest.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/junex-blockage-august-2017-1.4239297

SQ dismantle blockade at oil exploration site near Gaspé

Masked protesters had blockaded the road at the Junex well site last week

CBC News, Aug 15, 2017

Provincial police backed by an armoured car have dismantled a blockade at an oil exploration site about 20 kilometres from the city of Gaspé.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in the police operation last night and has been charged with mischief, theft and break and enter.

Last week, masked protesters had laid down tree trunks to block access to a road that goes to the Galt #4 well, owned by oil-exploration company Junex.

Junex’s Galt oil project is one of the most advanced projects of its kind in Quebec.

In a post on an anarchist website, the protest was described as an effort to reassert the sovereignty of the Mi’kmaq First Nation.

However, the chief of the Gespeg nation, Manon Jeannotte, said she wasn’t aware of any planned protests.

Police said they tried to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the dispute, but the protesters did not want to enter into a dialogue with them.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/police-junex-blockade-gaspe-1.4247768

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