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Vehicle torched, lobster pounds storing Mi'kmaw catches trashed during night of unrest in Nova Scotia, Canada by Taryn Grant October 15,2020   |  Source: CBC News

The ongoing tensions surrounding the First Nations lobster harvest in Canada's southwest Nova Scotia erupted Tuesday night when several hundred commercial fishermen and their supporters raided two facilities where Mi'kmaw fishermen were storing their catches.

Indigenous leaders are condemning the actions as racist hate crimes and calling for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to step up their response.

Commercial fishermen began gathering Tuesday afternoon in Digby County and made their way to a lobster pound in New Edinburgh, where, by nightfall, a van was set ablaze, lobsters were stolen and the facility was damaged.

A similar raid also took place in Middle West Pubnico, in the neighbouring county of Yarmouth, where Mi'kmaw fisherman Jason Marr was forced to barricade himself inside a lobster pound while outside a mob vandalized his vehicle and called for him to relinquish the lobster he had harvested from the waters of St. Marys Bay.

By morning, hundreds of dead lobster were strewn across the pavement outside the pound, and confrontations continued on the ground throughout the day.

The two raids come after weeks of unrest in the province's southwest, sparked by the launch of a "moderate livelihood" lobster fishery by the Sipekne'katik band outside the

 

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