A Digby County, N.S., man has been charged after an assault on Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack on Wednesday within the midst of an ongoing dispute over the lobster fishery.
The alleged assault occurred in New Edinburgh, certainly one of two places the place a number of hundred business fishermen and their supporters raided a lobster facility on Tuesday night. Mi’kmaw fishers had been storing their catches within the constructing.
The raids come after weeks of unrest within the province’s southwest, sparked by the launch of a “average livelihood” lobster fishery by the Sipekne’katik band outdoors the federally mandated business season.
Throughout the night time of unrest, lobster was destroyed, a lobster pound was broken, a van was set on fireplace and one other car was vandalized.
Footage from Wednesday exhibits a person grabbing and shoving Sack throughout an altercation at the lobster pound in New Edinburgh.
Sack mentioned on Thursday that he had employed legal professionals and can be pursuing authorized motion towards any people or teams “which are interfering with our proper to fish” — together with the man who grabbed and shoved him.
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RCMP from the Meteghan detachment arrested Chris Gerald Melanson, 46, on Friday and charged him with assault.
He has been launched from custody, with sure circumstances, and is predicted to look in provincial court docket in Digby on Dec. 21.
Police mentioned the investigation is constant.
“The Nova Scotia RCMP will proceed to take steps to make sure that those that unlawfully intervene with or threaten the security of any particular person or property could also be held accountable in accordance with the legal guidelines of Canada,” a press release from the RCMP mentioned Saturday.
Anybody with info on the assault is requested to contact Meteghan RCMP at 902-645-2326. Those that need to stay nameless might name Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a safe net tip or use the P3 Ideas App.