Monday, 1 August 2011

Back to Bedlam: PVP Covers Day of FrAction Protest March

An estimated crowd of 1500 people showed up for the Day of FrAction protest in Fredericton today. Anti-shale gas groups from all over the province met at the old First Nations burial grounds on Woodstock Road, marking the first time communities have coalesced for the cause. Marching  from the grounds through the downtown, they filed into the Legislature grounds roaring, "No to shale gas!" Master of Ceremonies, Derek Simon, kept the crowd momentum going in between speakers from First Nations, conservation and community groups. Singing acts included the Raging Grannies and Jim Emberger, along with Native drummers. Despite the heat, people of all ages, ranging from babies to seniors, came out to voice their opposition to shale gas in New Brunswick.


First Nations elders Hart Perley, left, and Alma Brooks, right, lead the Day of FrAction protest march from the old Native burial grounds in Fredericton today. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


The crowd files down Woodstock Road during the Day of FrAction protest today in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


Creative homemade signs dotted the protest route during the Day of FrAction protest march in Fredericton today. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


Different races and creeds came out for the Day of FrAction protest today in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


Francophone communities voiced their opposition to shale gas today at the Day of FrAction protest in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


Protesters make their way to the Legislature grounds as part of the Day of FrAction march today in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


Police provided help with the traffic today at the Day of FrAction protest march in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

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