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Bell Islanders not willing to let ferry go to Fogo Island run

A group of protesters in Bell Island are using several large trucks in front of the Legionnaire on Monday morning to block government from moving it from their run to Fogo Island.
A group of protesters in Bell Island are using several large trucks in front of the Legionnaire on Monday morning to block government from moving it from their run to Fogo Island. - Glen Whiffen

Protesters hunkering down, blocking move of Legionnaire

Bell Islanders staging a protest to prevent the ferry Legionnaire from being sent to Fogo Island are determined to stay as long as it takes for a solution.
Protest organizer Valarie Ryan says the Legionnaire is not going anywhere. It is not an option.
She says the government is pitting Fogo against Bell island.
Bell Island Mayor Gary Gosine says Minister of Works, Services and Transportation Steve Crocker has said he will meet with the mayor and a protest organizer this afternoon.
Gosine said he was talking to the Fogo Island Mayor Wayne Collins who said they are satisfied to take the Flanders and leave the Legionnaire on the Bell Island run.
This is not good enough for the protestors.
They have made a request to keep the Legionnaire on an enhanced schedule and say Fogo is willing to take the Flanders for its run, but according to the protestors, government is not willing to entertain that concession.
As long as this is the case, the protestors will continue their blockade and stay as long as it takes to reach the agreement they are seeking.
The protest started Saturday afternoon and it has been estimated hundreds of residents have taken part at various times, including overnight protest on Saturday and Sunday nights.
glen.whiffen@thetelegram.com

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