f a local highway has ended, only 32 hours into a planned 3 day protest. The Blockade, organized by members of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation, began on Friday morning, and was intended to run until 9 am today. Protesters were set up on the heritage highway, to block oil and gas traffic, out of health and safety concerns with oil and gas exploration in the area. But, organizers pulled down the barricades mid afternoon on Saturday, after organizers had concerns about impending legal action, and their safety. Kelly Lake Cree Spokesperson Clayton Anderson says there were a couple of reasons for ending the blockade, one of which was an impending court injunction. In addition, there was a confrontation between protesters and some truckers. On Saturday afternoon, after Anderson had asked one group of trucks to use an alternate route, he says they returned about half an hour later, and sped right through the demonstrators.
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Anderson says the blockade ended peacefully, and what the future holds depends on the reaction from government and industry. But, he hasn’t ruled out another blockade.
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