A new wave of rural unrest: ‘No one knows how to live in a forest’
Posted On June 17, 2021
A new spate of rural violence is spreading across the province of New Brunswick.
More than 400 homes and businesses were damaged and nearly 1,000 people were arrested in the past week, according to local media.
The violence has been linked to a wave of arson attacks and thefts.
Police said they are now searching for a man wanted for arson, and are calling for witnesses to come forward.
“There is a new wave in rural unrest, people are not being safe.
The people who live in the forest are not safe, it’s an unsafe environment,” said Chief Inspector Chris Leung.”
And it’s not just people in the rural areas.
People are also in the urban areas, they’re living in fear,” he added.”
People are losing their houses and cars and they’re not even getting enough food to survive.”
More than 100 people have been arrested for arson and burglary in the last week, mostly in the northern New Brunswick town of Moncton.
The arson attacks have led to two shootings, including one fatal.