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Canada First Nations protesters blockade Ontario highway after arrests at N.B. shale-gas protest

Vehicles burn in eastern New Brunswick on Thursday Oct. 17 after violence erupted near a reserve north of Moncton, N.B. RCMP had earlier moved in on an anti-fracking protest

Ontario Provincial Police say First Nations protesters have shut down Highway 6 in southern Ontario between the communities of Hagersville and Caledonia.

Constable Mark Foster says the the protest blockade involves 30 to 40 people.

A local news agency, Turtle Island News, says people from Six Nations shut down the road in solidarity with First Nations protesters arrested Thursday during a demonstration against shale gas exploration in eastern New Brunswick.

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Foster says the protesters are walking on the highway and blocked motorists during the evening rush, but adds the protest has been peaceful.

Foster says a liaison team is talking with the protesters in an effort to get the road reopened.

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