Opposition to the Sainte-Marguerite-3 hydro-project is mounting. The Coalition for Nitassinan plans to launch a civil disobedience campaign aimed at reversing Premier Johnson’s decision in February to go ahead with SM-3.

The situation is “ominous,” said Gilbert Pilot, a spokesman for the Coalition for Nitassinan.

“Our community has suffered numerous human rights violations, and I think this will keep increasing. Intolerance and racism toward us are on the rise, as we are tensions,” Pilot told a Montreal native solidarity group.

“As of today, I think we are very far from any kind of understanding, and that we’ll be seeing some pretty dark clouds before the sun shines again.”

A demonstration against the $3-billion SM-3 project is planned for Saturday, April 23 in Montreal in the Square St-Louis (Sherbrooke metro) at 1 p.m.

A public forum has already been held on SM-3 at a Unitarian Church in Montreal on March 24.