Sat, April 22, 2006
You knew with CN Rail hauling $102 million a day in cargo through the Toronto-Montreal corridor it was not going to be a blockade that would last long. The only question was how would it end? Peacefully and by negotiation? Or violently through force?
A lot of it hinged on what was happening with the talks at the standoff at Caledonia and a court injunction obtained by CN. Eventually the native protesters liked what they heard and by 8:30 p.m. last night, a deal was reached.
“I swear if they don’t settle that dispute in Caledonia soon we will be back,” said Brandy Brant. “If they don’t there will be immediate action and we will be back in full force.” They gave us an ultimatum. They said leave or get arrested. Does that sound like negotiation to you? I am a Mohawk and nobody is going to tell me to leave my land.”
You might think they are spoiling for a fight down here. The protesters, upset about the arrest of native protesters at a standoff near Caledonia, were making no bones about it. They were ready for a battle.
“Yeah,” said Mohawk Warrior (Terrorist) Shawn Brant, who acted as the leader of the group. “Absolutely.”
A lot of the Mohawks looked prepared for action. Some had knives on their belts and others carried backpacks, not revealing what was inside. Some were thugs. One smashed a Global TV cameraman’s camera and others threatened to beat up journalists.