Manitoba Chief Shows Support For Anti-Fracking Protest

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Above photo: Manitoba Grand Chief Chief Derek Nepinak speaks with the media Friday January 18, 2013 in Ottawa. The protest in New Brunswick over shale gas exploration is drawing support from a Manitoba chief. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says Grand Chief Derek Nepinak is travelling to the community of Rexton to stand with the Elsipogtog First Nation and other protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

REXTON, N.B. – The protest in New Brunswick over shale gas exploration is drawing support from a Manitoba chief.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says Grand Chief Derek Nepinak is travelling to the community of Rexton to stand with the Elsipogtog First Nation and other protesters.

The assembly says Nepinak will present medicine and a beaver pelt to the leaders of the New Brunswick First Nation.

A meeting of protesters and the community is planned for later today in Elsipogtog.

About 50 people are gathered in the rain at the protest site on Route 134, where tents have been set up.

The protesters want SWN Resources to stop seismic testing and leave the province.

The protest turned violent on Thursday, when six police vehicles were burned and Molotov cocktails were tossed at police.

Officers arrested 40 people, including Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock.

On Saturday, protesters blocked Highway 11 for a short time.

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