Mi'kmaq Warriors denied all rights in jail, one beaten in handcuffs

 

Mi'kmaq Warriors denied all rights in jail, one beaten, for defending land from fracking

 

By Brenda Norrell

 

Nineteen-year-old David Mazerolle of the Mi'kmaq Warrior Society describes how Mi'kmaqs were denied all their rights in jail and placed in solitary confinement after police brutally attacked the anti-oil and gas drilling camp in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, on Oct. 17.

"I was one of the six that got left in there," David said after 14 were arrested and thrown in the Moncton jail. "They left us in there with no blanket, no bed."

"After we got split up and put in solitary confinement, my buddy Aaron, as he was being transferred, got beat up while he was in handcuffs."

"They said we could talk to our lawyers, but none of us got to talk to our lawyers."

"We were just constantly in that hole."

The Mi'kmaq Warriors were denied toilet paper and toothpaste, and access to the phone and attorneys.

David appealed for help for the four Warriors who remain in jail. "They are not allowed to call out."

"Help the Warriors that are still in there because they are not being treated right," said David in a video interview.

The Mi'kmaq Warriors were in the camp to defend the land from Southwestern Energy of Houston, which has targeted the Mi'kmaqs land in New Brunswick with fracking. Southwestern Energy has already been sued in Pennsylvania and Arkansas for poisoning the drinking water with carcinogens and causing cancer. 

During the brutal police raid on the camp, Canadian police RCMP attacked women and elderly, with heavily armed snipers terrorizing them with police dogs. At least two Mi'kmaqs were shot with rubber bullets.

There will be a support drum outside the Moncton Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 1, at 9 am, for the four that remain jailed. There will be a press conference at noon.

Watch interview with David Mazerolle: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/mikmaq-warriors-denied-all-rights-in.html

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.