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Mi'kmaq Women Hold Press Conference After Mischief Charges

Where RCMP say mischief, L'nu say prayer

by Miles Howe

Clair and Patles hold press conference in Elsipogtog [Photo: M. Howe]
Clair and Patles hold press conference in Elsipogtog [Photo: M. Howe]

ELSIPOGTOG, NEW BRUNSWICK – Lorraine Clair and Susanne Patles, arrested on separate occasions on charges of mischief while engaged in prayer along highway 126 in Kent County, New Brunswick, today recounted the events that led up to their arrest during a press conference.

Clair in particular described the physical nature of her arrest by RCMP. Now wearing a cast over her right forearm, Clair noted that she has suffered extensive muscle and tendon damage as a result of her arrest.

The two women also issued an open call urging supporters from all nations to attend the lighting of a sacred fire near Elsipogtog that will take place this afternoon, and will carry on for the foreseeable future. Clair asked that those unable to attend light their own fires and pray in solidarity with the area’s anti-fracking efforts.

Please enjoy the full audio of today’s press conference, where Clair and Patles describe their arrests as well as their duty as Mi’kmaq women to defend the waters.

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