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  • Protesters Peacefully End Blockade

    The blockade set up at the DFO offices by protesters has ended peacefully.

    Protesters put the blockade in place and prevented employees from leaving work at the DFO offices on White Hills road just before 4:00 pm today.

    They were allowing a single vehicle through approximately every fifteen minutes on police request. One protester says the group was careful not to completely prevent employees from leaving as a way to deter police from intervening.

    RNC Superintendent Joe Boland attended the scene and spoke privately with key players at the blockade. He tells VOCM that authorities are not taking sides in this fight and that police aimed to see a peaceful resolution.

    Superintendent Boland says the first concern was to make sure that Richard Gillett was feeling okay, which he was. Boland says the protesters he spoke with listened to his reasoning and they opened up the line so DFO employees could go home.

    A DFO employee held up in the initial line up of vehicles and who has watched the protest unfold for the last week or so, expressed anger about the hunger strike.

    She says there are people in the hospital dying every day who have no choice, and Gillett is making the choice to kill himself, and his children will be left to live with that.

    Earlier Story

    Police are on scene as a group of fish harvesters are preventing employees from leaving the DFO building in the White Hills.

    The fishermen are supporting Richard Gillett who is camped out on the lawn of DFO; now into the ninth day of a hunger strike.

    VOCM News is being told that police are on scene and are intending to remove Richard Gillett from the site.

    His mother, Linda says her son, who has a heart condition and diabetes, is not doing well.

    She says he’s been lying down all day and was unable to put shoes on this morning.

    A DFO employee trying to leave the parking lot says she’s being told that protesters are only allowing one car to leave every ten minutes. Which means she’ll be there another two hours beyond her shift.

    Melissa, who has watched the protest unfold for the last week or so, expressed anger about the hunger strike. She says there are people in the hospital dying every day who have no choice. She says Gillett is making the choice to kill himself, and his children will be left to live with that.

    Protesters are reportedly allowing some vehicles out under special circumstances.

     

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