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The dispute over logging at Barriere Lake is escalating. There have been a flurry of messages between people at the camp/blockade, observers, and organizers and solidarity activists who report the Montreal Riot Squad is present and escorting the loggers, often working 24 hours a day to clear cut Algonquin forests as fast as possible. The community fears the possibility of mass arrests, including the arrests of a number of children present at the camp site.
The following message comes from solidarity organizers:
"Organize an action or stay tuned for action alerts near you! Clear cutting on Algonquins of Barriere Lake territory is happening at devastatingly rapid rate. A group of Barriere Lake Algonquins are camped out at Poigan Lake, Quebec determined not to leave until Resolute Forest Products (formerly AbitibiBowater) stops clear-cut logging their unceded territory. There are urgent and immediate calls to mobilize and act in solidarity. Organize an action to confront the Quebec government and Resolute Forest Products!