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  • Labrador Group Arrested at Demonstration on Parliament Hill

    (Photo courtesy Jane Stinson, via Facebook.)

    A group of people protesting the Muskrat Falls project today in Ottawa were escorted away from the site by police.

    Members of the group known as the Labrador Land Protectors were taking part in a National Day of Action in protest of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

    Part of their goal was to present Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with photos and names of people who they say are at risk of methylmercury poisoning as a side-effect of the construction of the dam.

    Elders Among Group Arrested

    Marjorie Flowers, Jim Learning and Eldred Davis were among the group taken away from Parliament Hill. The three elders were previously arrested after refusing to abide by a court injunction, barring them from access to the Muskrat Falls site.

    Learning says it was a productive day for the group, and it shows people are listening.

    He says shortly after their arrest on Parliament Hill, police let them go, and he describes it as a very satisfying moment for them. He says people outside the NL government circle understand that they are human, and they are understood.

    The Labrador Land Protectors says those arrested at the demonstration are now facing a 90-day ban from Parliament Hill.

    The group is calling on the federal government to shut down the Muskrat Falls project.

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