Women show bravery guarding community

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Editor: I was struck by the news that Premier Alward of New Brunswick is unhappy because the province is having to spend so much money on police “protection” of a Texas company that is in the business of fracking. This process is a danger to the water and the land. In P.E.I. a number of people and organizations are in support of those in N.B. who are working to dissuade this practice because we share aquifers with that province.

This province depends on groundwater, there is no other source for our use.  Picture turning on the tap for a drink or to water the garden; or the essential use by our farms; or the dependence there is on clear water to empty into the fishing grounds; or how we would welcome tourists to the roads occupied by the platoons of transporters carrying away the huge amounts of poisoned water used daily.

I was very disturbed the police have taken on this challenge for Mr. Alward. They have tried to build a case against the women of Elsipogtog who sit along Highway 11 in their lawn chairs as guardians of their community which is in danger from not only the Texas company but their own government.

These First Nation women have been brutally attacked, manhandled, arrested while in prayer and then arrested for assaulting an officer.

It is a shame on those men. It is a shame for Charlottetown Police that they lent men to this action.

This week we are remembering a dear man who worked for his country. Nelson Mandela worked for the indigenous people.

First off, he was brave, but also brilliant enough to bring others into his camp and treat them kindly. We have before us two examples. You might say Nelson provides us with one, the police provide us with another.

There was a memoriam last week for the female engineering students who were gunned down at Universite de Montreal. Is this how we treat women who are like those brave women who give their time on Highway 11 in N.B.? Or is it a provincial plan to humiliate them in order to avoid the widespread opposition to providing outside companies the opportunity to degrade the country?

Muriel Siemers,

Stratford

Organizations: Charlottetown Police, Universite de Montreal

Geographic location: Texas, N.B., New Brunswick P.E.I.

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