Blockade 'smells of coercion': Judge

DeBeers Attawapiskat diamond mine. (Handout/QMI Agency)

DeBeers Attawapiskat diamond mine. (Handout/QMI Agency)

RON GRECH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

TIMMINS, ONT. - The ongoing blockade outside the Victor diamond mine is not an First Nations protest but an act of extortion, a Timmins Superior Court judge declared Wednesday.

Judge Robert Riopelle said the men spearheading the blockade are not fighting for constitutional rights, land claims, treaty issues or anything that would benefit the community of Attawapiskat.

These are “individuals with private financial interests, holding a large multinational corporation to ransom,” Judge Robert Riopelle. “It smells of coercion.”


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