Protesters ignore police orders to dismantle Coleman, Clarabelle blockades

Protesters stationed at Vale Inco’s Coleman Mine refused an order to dismantled their blockade when told to do so by Greater Sudbury Police officers.

About eight officers approached the protesters at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The 125 protesters refused to move.

About 10 minutes later, after conferring, police backed off, indicating officers would return Wednesday.

Similar situation occurred after 7 p.m. at Clarabelle. Again, the protesters refused to leave. Police left the scene a short time later.

Earlier Tuesday, a Sudbury judge ordered striking workers and protesters at Vale Inco’s Sudbury mining operations to remove mine blockades that went up last week after the collapse of contract talks.

The blockades, which have completely shut off access to the Vale’s Clarabelle mill and Coleman mine, as well as to FNX Mining’s Levack mine, are separate from the normal pickets that have been up since the strike began on July 13 of last year.

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