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Protesters demand DFO return traps they say were improperly seized in Cape Breton – CTV

ST. PETER’S, N.S. — Angry, but peaceful, protesters set up shop in front of Department of Fisheries and Oceans offices in Cape Breton’s Richmond County Wednesday, demanding that their lobster traps be returned — although it appeared the building was closed and nobody was inside.

“Nobody wants a conflict,” said organizer Bernadette Marshall outside the office in Louisdale, N.S. “That’s one thing I can say for Potlotek. We don’t want a conflict, but if it has to be, it has to be.”

A video, taken by a Potlotek First Nation fisherman over the weekend, appears to show DFO officers in a confrontation with Mi’kmaw fishers.

“I lost my cool with DFO yesterday, but who wouldn’t?” said Potlotek First Nation Chief Wilbert Marshall. “We keep telling them to stop harassing our guys. Do they want a war here?”

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