Indians have no right to break laws

Posted: April 30, 2007 in Caledonia, DCE, FantinoGate, Headlines, Natives, OPP, Terrorism

Planning to drive or take the train to Toronto this summer? Maybe you should fly: Indian protest groups haven’t yet figured out how to block the sky. As for trains, at least, Ontario seems to have little interest in keeping the public right-of-way public.

Could someone explain, please, why Indian protesters are allowed to use disruptive tactics forbidden to anyone else? Imagine if some other ad hoc group had chosen to strand 3,600 passengers: police would surely have cleared the track in short order. But in Ontario,ever since a policeman shot a native protester at Ipperwash in 1995, the police have taken a hands-off approach to any native protest even if, like this one, it consists of a few hotheads without approval from their band council or tribal elders.

The result is to make the situation worse, not better. Who can doubt that more than a year of police inaction at an occupation in Caledonia, Ont., figured in the calculation of these protesters, who now say they’re planning further, bigger actions? Who can deny that some natives elsewhere in Canada are talking of similar tactics precisely because they see that they can operate with impunity?

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