In this case, no news is good news

You know the old story, any publicity is good publicity? Probably not in this case.

Vigilante violence shakes serene N.B. tourist town
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail

Grand Manan, the pretty archipelago in the Bay of Fundy, is typically tranquil, best known for its pudgy puffins and mouth-watering lobster.
It’s a sleepy tourist destination and, for those who call it home, a peaceful place where people are used to leaving the doors unlocked at night.

But residents’ anxieties over creeping drug problems in the community sparked a violent, vigilante attack against suspected dealers on the weekend — and many are concerned that others will take the law into their own hands.

“For the most part Grand Mananers are rational people,” Mayor Dennis Greene said. “But I believe that people felt they had taken all they could take. I hope this was a one-time thing. But I believe it could happen again.”

What did go down in the midnight hours last Saturday was more fitting of the urban jungle or a Martin Scorsese film than of a fishing community that lures tourists with its serene seashore.

As many as 50 residents, ranging in age from twentysomething to fiftysomething, got together and launched an attack on a group of about 10 locals who the vigilantes suspected of dealing drugs from a house in the tiny community of Castalia, on the island’s eastern shore.
Participants on both sides brandished guns, baseball bats and knives. The battle rumbled over four hours into the early morning. Three of the island’s four RCMP officers were on duty and tried to break up what turned into a raging street riot, but they could not stop the vigilante gang from setting fire to the suspected drug den. As volunteer firefighters worked to douse the flames, the vigilantes hurled rocks at them; the house burned to the ground and more than a dozen people suffered minor injuries during the fights. Gunshots were also fired, though no one was hit.

Toronto’s elite now think that rural New Brunswick is in chaos. Sheesh.

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0 Responses to In this case, no news is good news

  1. Cooker Boy says:

    I don’t think this is the chaos that Scott was refferring to in a past post… Is it just me or does it seem that every year we have riots in this province???

  2. scott says:

    Ha1 Ha! Good one cooker boy. Now, if we can just find a way to harness that energy toward ED.

  3. Cooker Boy says:

    Let’s try a royal rumble to stimulate ED! Representatives from every region get in a ring and whomever is left stading gets awarded SEED money. We could turn it into a PPV. Imagine the potential.. ;-p

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the words of Mayor Joe Quimby: “Can’t this town go one day without a riot!” All I can say is that I hope they had really good evidence. What a movie that would make! Compared to Toronto though, it’s nice to see a ‘mob’ of fifty or sixty with guns and only minor injuries result. Other drug confrontations should be so lucky.

    How about that for leadership “we don’t wait around to get involved!”

  5. Anonymous says:

    It gets better:

    “Meanwhile, Grand Manan Mayor Dennis Greene urged investigators to be lenient with those who took part in the riot.

    “People will be really upset if charges are laid against the people who had any involvement with the burning of the house and of the disturbance that was there,” Greene said.”

    Anybode want to lay odds the mayor was there?