National day of action just the beginning, Mohawk hard-liner says

Posted: June 27, 2007 in CN Rail, Deseronto, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Native Racist Hatred, Natives, Shawn Brant, Terrorism

DESERONTO, ONT. — Mohawk protester Shawn Brant has emerged as a lonesome voice of hard-line native militancy, plotting major economic disruption as his way of making Canada sit up and listen.

Whether Friday’s national aboriginal day of action will amount to peaceful marches or burning barricades isn’t clear. Regardless, Mr. Brant says it’s just the beginning.

“We’re going to have that expression of strength and solidarity across this country,” he said in an interview at the quarry he occupied on disputed land last March near Deseronto, west of Kingston.

“Then we’ll step back and say: ‘You absorb this.’ Because the next time we come out, it’s going to be harder, it’s going to be longer and it’s going to have an impact on this economy that Canada can’t imagine at this point.

He and a tight-knit group of supporters within the Bay of Quinte Mohawks are determined to wreak at least some economic havoc.

“June 29th is the day to start this campaign,” Mr. Brant said.

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  1. Via Rail Passenger says:


    I am wondering what exactly thia group of protestors will prove by disrupting highway and rail traffic. I believe that your actions will not promote your cause and that you should consider the power of the majority in a democratic country and how the typical Canadian will perceive these types of actions. If you disrupt rail traffic you will prevent thousands of people from being with their family, their loved ones and their best friends. In my case, I am a university student and have no way of getting home except by train. I am planning on proposing to my girlfriend this weekend. If you block the rails I will be stuck about 6 hours away from her and will not be able to do so. I will be extremely angry and I will not be urged to support your cause; rather, I will be urged to support harsh penalties from the government to show that this kind of action is not acceptable. If you would like people to support your cause you should educate them about what is happening not disrupt their lives. Disrupting people’s lives will simply perpetuate negative perceptions of natives and thus serve only to damage your cause. People will not accept this kind of behaviour and will not be moved to support your cause. Worst of all, these actions will have little to no affect on the people with whom you are in disagreement. If you do not agree with someone, you need to debate the issue with them, if you feel hard done by you need to push the issue with the person who has hurt you. By hurting innocent by standers you will prove nothing and the government will not feel the need to move forward with your cases any faster. The plans that you have set forward do not impact the people that you’re angry with and thus you should reconsider and plan something which will actually benefit your people, because I promise you that hurting innocent bystanders will not result in a positive perception of native people throughout Canada. An anaology to what you are doing would be a person feeling that their parents weren’t giving them a fair allowance, so they beat up their siblings with the idea that doing so will encourage the siblings to join in the protest. This is a near sighted approach and will not serve anyone well. As you can see in the anology the siblings will not encourage the parents to give the person a better alowance rather they will become angry and discontent with the person.

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