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Mi’kmaq warrior pleads guilty to five charges from anti-fracking resistance

Two of six police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi'kmaq territory, 2013.

Two of six police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi’kmaq territory, 2013.

Jason Augustine sentenced to 18 months of probation, ordered to stay way from exploration activities

CBC News, May 27, 2014

A man from Elispogtog First Nation has pleaded guilty to five charges related to anti-shale gas protests last year, including one that ended in a violent clash with RCMP.

Jason Augustine, 34, appeared in Moncton provincial court on Monday and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

He was also ordered to stay at least one kilometre away from any shale gas exploration activities or protests. Read the rest of this entry

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Mi’kmaq Warrior’s on Trial: Up all night with a license to kill – October 17th raid planned for maximum confrontation

RCMP K9 unit attempting to intimidate protesters, Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP K9 unit attempting to intimidate protesters, Oct 17, 2013.

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, April 4, 2014

Moncton, New Brunswick – The fourth day of the trial of Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis focused on the testimony of four RCMP officers who were engaged in sweeping through the field in which the main tent encampment of the anti-shale gas protest was located.

While earlier testimonies throughout the week have come from officers with a backside view of Breau – who is standing trial for five counts of pointing a firearm – the officers who took the stand today all testified that they were in the line of fire, and actually had the barrel of the rifle pointed at them.

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Support Jailed Mi’kmaq Warriors: Court Roundups & Fundraising

Mi'kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade, December 2013.

Mi’kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade, December 2013.

Reclaim Turtle Island, April 3, 2014

The Mi’kmaq Warriors, Germaine Jr Breau & Aaron Francis who have been held in custody since the day of the raid on Oct 17th, are now facing trial in Moncton courts. They are currently facing indictable charges for being true to their inherent responsibilities as L’nu people by protecting the lands and waters against corporate imperialists, SWN.

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Mi’kmaq Warrior’s Trial Day 3: “I was never able to see Germaine Breau point the rifle at any officers.”

Colonial terrorism: RCMP ERT members during early morning raid on blockade camp, Mi'qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

Colonial terrorism: RCMP ERT members during early morning raid on blockade camp, Mi’kmaq territory, Oct 17, 2013.

Second full day of police testimony does not confirm a pointing gun

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, April 3, 2014

Moncton, New Brunswick – Day three of the trial of Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis continued today. The main matter before the court is whether Breau is guilty of five counts of pointing a firearm and whether Francis is guilty of four Molotov cocktail-related charges stemming from the RCMP raid of the anti-shale gas encampment along highway 134 that took place on October 17th.

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“My report writing is just sub-standard” cop states at Mi’kmaq Warrior’s trial

RCMP ERT member providing cover fire for Tactical Troop, Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP ERT member providing cover fire for Tactical Troop, Oct 17, 2013.

Crown’s first ‘eye-witnesses’ take stand; inconclusive on gun pointing, cocktail throwing

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, April 2, 2014

Moncton, New Brunswick – The afternoon session of day two of the trial of Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis, two members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society who have been incarcerated since an October 17th raid against their anti-shale gas encampment, saw the first of the Crown’s supposed ‘eye-witnesses’ take the stand.

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Police witnesses take stand in Mi’kmaq warrior’s trial

Molotov cocktails thrown on Oct 17, 2013, during RCMP raid on anti-fracking blockade near Rexton, NB.

Molotov cocktails thrown on Oct 17, 2013, during RCMP raid on anti-fracking blockade near Rexton, NB.

Germain Junior Breau, Aaron Francis face a combined 17 charges from last year’s shale gas protests

CBC News, April 2, 2014

Several police witnesses took the stand in Moncton on Wednesday at the trial of two protesters arrested in the aftermath of last year’s violent clashes between New Brunswick RCMP and anti-shale gas activists.

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Mi’kmaq Warriors on trial, RCMP Tactical Troop commander cross-examined

RCMP Sgt. Bernard, commander of the Tactical Troop deployed against Mi'kmaq on Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP Sgt. Bernard, commander of the Tactical Troop deployed against Mi’kmaq on Oct 17, 2013.

The cross examination of Tactical boss Sergeant Bernard, as Mi’kmaq Warriors trial continues

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, April 2, 2014

Moncton, New Brunswick – Day two of the trials of Germaine ‘Jr’ Breau and Aaron Francis, the incarcerated members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society, continues today.

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Update on jailed Mi’kmaq Warriors court cases

New Brunswick Oct 17 6 defendantsThe rundown on the long list of charges thrown at Mi’kmaq Warriors Breau and Francis

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, March 31, 2014

Moncton, New Brunswick – Today was the first day of the week long trial of Mi’kmaq Warriors Germaine ‘Junior’ Breau and Aaron Francis. This morning we learned that Breau and Francis had pleaded guilty to a variety of charges stemming from several different arraignments.

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Mi’kmaq warrior charged with throwing Molotov cocktails during shale gas protest

Molotov cocktails thrown on Oct 17, 2013, during RCMP raid on anti-fracking blockade near Rexton, NB.

Molotov cocktails thrown on Oct 17, 2013, during RCMP raid on anti-fracking blockade near Rexton, NB.

Global News/The Canadian Press, March 7, 2014

REXTON, N.B. – A 20-year-old Nova Scotia man has been charged with allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at police during a shale gas protest in New Brunswick last fall that turned violent. Read the rest of this entry

Court grants RCMP access to media tapes to ID Rexton suspects

Two police vehicles torched, Oct 17, Mi'qmak territory, 2013.

Two (of six) police vehicles torched, Oct 17, 2013, Mi’qmak territory (Rexton, New Brunswick).

Documents give new insight into clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in October

CBC News, Feb 19, 2014

A provincial court judge has granted an RCMP request to have access to videotape and photographs taken by CBC and four other media organizations during a clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in Rexton, N.B., last October. Read the rest of this entry