Sep 14, 2007

CALEDONIA – A building contractor is undergoing tests in hospital to determine if he has brain damage after he was clubbed on the head by a Six Nations protester yesterday, the man’s brother says.

“I believe that my brother was one strike away from being killed,” an emotional Joe Gualtieri said today near the building site where his brother Sam was beaten unconscious yesterday.

Indians continued their protest at the southern Ontario housing development today under the watchful eye of police.

Gualtieri, 52, of Caledonia was found unconscious yesterday after he entered a partially constructed home — which he was building for his daughter — and clashed with several Indian youths.

His injured brother is drifting in and out of consciousness and is at times unaware he is in the hospital, Joe Gualtieri said, adding that he wants those responsible for the attack charged with attempted murder.

He said his nephews were with his brother at the house when a group of Indians went inside and confronted them. Sam Gualtieri was then beaten with what may have been an oak railing.

“When the one nephew found him unconscious, the individual had just finished striking him again . . . beating him over the head, when he was already unconscious,” Joe Gualtieri said.

“When he’s unconscious, do you still have to prove a point? To prove a point that you have a problem with the government?”

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