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Negotiations between protesters and police in Rexton, N.B., on Oct. 17, 2013. The clash between the RCMP and the Elsipogtog First Nation, north of Moncton, began early Thursday morning when a large number of officers arrived at a compound where SWN Resources Canada stores equipment. The police intended to enforce an injunction against a native blockade that has prevented SWN, a natural gas and oil exploration company, from conducting seismic testing.

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Protesters face a line of police officers in Rexton, N.B., on Oct. 17, 2013. The Mi’kmaq of Elsipogtog have been staging demonstrations at the site throughout the summer, and there have been a number of previous arrests.

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Protesters face a line of police officers in Rexton, N.B.

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A protester is seen in Rexton, N.B., on Oct. 17, 2013. Police say at least five RCMP vehicles were destroyed and at least one shot was fired by someone other than a police officer at the site of the protest in Rexton.

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A protester displays a welt after a clash wth police in Rexton, N.B., on Oct. 17, 2013. The protesters had refused the RCMP’s demands to disperse, and the confrontation devolved into a melee of tear gas and rubber bullets.

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Protesters take photos of a burned out police vehicle in Rexton, N.B., on Oct. 17, 2013.

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A police vehicle is seen in Rexton, N.B., on Oct. 17, 2013. In the end, at least 40 people, including Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock and several council members, had been arrested and five police cruisers had been set ablaze.

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