NB Shale Gas Protest 20131017

Police began enforcing an injunction to end an ongoing demonstration against shale gas exploration in eastern New Brunswick on Oct.17. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

A 21-year-old New Brunswick man now faces 19 criminal charges in connection with his actions during an anti-shale gas protest clash with RCMP on Oct. 17 in Kent County.

Germain Breau has been in custody since that date when he was arrested by RCMP on Route 134 near Rexton.

He was originally charged with four offences, but another 15 were laid on Wednesday.              

The charges include assaulting a police officer and pointing a firearm at police.              

Breau is scheduled to appear in court again Friday.

On Tuesday, James Pictou, of Saint André in Madawaska County, was released from jail with a sentence of time served, which amounted to 62 days, plus six months of house arrest. He also had been in custody since the Oct.17 confrontation.