A video of an SUV driver plowing through a group of protesters setting up a blockade in support of anti-fracking activists in New Brunswick is making waves on the web.
The incident allegedly happened Monday morning at the corner of Pie-IX Blvd. and Notre-Dame St. The video shows a driver in a green Chevrolet Tracker inching forward toward the handful of protesters in his way. A few second later, he's seen speeding down the street, having made his way through the group of protesters. One of the protesters was taken several feet before being thrown to the ground.
A call went in to Montreal police, but police spokesperson Daniel Lacoursière says by the time they got to the scene of the alleged incident, the protesters had all left, and for the moment, he says no charges are pending.
The demonstration near the corner of Pie-IX Blvd. and Notre Dame St. was part of a national "emergency day of action" in support of the Elsipogtog First Nation in east-central New Brunswick, who've been involved in a well-publicized campaign against shale gas exploration in the province.
Back in October, an anti-fracking demonstration turned violent after the RCMP tried to enforce an injunction forcing demonstrations to remove a roadblock.
Today, organizers urged protesters across Canada to hang banners, shut down roadways, and block roads in support of the cause.