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Escalation Report-Back: Interview with Norman Matchewan

by Zach Ruiter

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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! 


See for some other ways to show your support."


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