Vandalism threats raise tensions in Caledonia

Posted: May 19, 2007 in Caledonia, DCE, Headlines, Land claims, Natives, OPP, Terrorism

Police increased their presence in Caledonia, Ont. on Friday as tensions ran high in the community that has been gripped by a native land claim dispute for more than a year.

Construction on a church parking lot adjacent to the disputed land was the scene for several tense moments. A police source told CTV News that members of the Six Nations Confederacy confronted the construction crew on Friday.

Threats of vandalism on the church were allegedly made causing officers from the Ontario Provincial Police to respond to the scene.  A nearby school was temporarily locked down as a precaution.

Friday’s incident is the latest in a long series of skirmishes, tense moments and violence since members of the Six Nations began protests and their occupation of a housing development in February 2006.

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