Native roadblock appears in Deseronto; Protesters promise to keep the barrier in place for a week, as a warning to developers

Posted: April 22, 2008 in Appeasement & Cowardice, Deseronto, Headlines, Land claims, Natives, OPP, Terrorism

The Kingston Whig Standard

Native protesters (Edit: Criminals) who seized a major portion of this small Hastings County town pledged yesterday to maintain the disruption for a week to send a message to any would-be developers of disputed native lands.

“Not another shovel in the ground,” said protest (Edit: Criminal) spokesman Dan Doreen, standing outside a roadway blockade of Old Highway 2 on the eastern fringe of town.

“That mandate was set in 2006 and it still stands – we’re here to protect our land and that’s it,” promised Doreen, who was clad in camouflage with a red bandana tied around his left arm. (Edit: HAHA Mandate!)

The move to set up the (Edit: Criminal) demonstration – which closed traffic on Deseronto Road and about a 200-metre stretch of Old Highway 2 on the eastern side of the town – began late Sunday afternoon in response to “threats” made by Yarker-area construction firm Nibourg Developments to begin clearing land for construction along a disputed tract of native land.

Ontario Provincial Police officers set up roadblocks at all ends of the demonstration, diverting both vehicle and pedestrian traffic away from the scene throughout the day.

In the early morning hours, there were a few skirmishes between protesters and town residents – incidents that prompted a heavy police presence on the western side of the demonstration to move within a few metres of protesters for a brief period of time.

However, after speaking with Doreen and other organizers, police moved back to their original positions, which was a few hundred metres away from a banner erected by protesters proclaiming “Deseronto has been closed!” (Edit: After receiving orders from criminals the police ran away)

While the developer and his crew decided to stay away yesterday, native protesters – many of whom had been occupying the nearby quarry on Deseronto Road – said they plan to continue with the blockade for at least a week.

“We’ve been stuck in the quarry for a year, so what’s a week?” Doreen explained, noting the protesters’ frustrations with antagonistic behaviour displayed by Emile Nibourg on behalf of his company.

“He called us on to be here and he’s not here,” Doreen said, “He’s too coward to show his face. Many of our people have taken time away from their jobs to be here, and he just doesn’t show. He’s a coward.” (Edit: now they’re calling illegal occupations their job?)

Nibourg’s firm issued a statement yesterday, saying the company’s construction crews would not be attending “in the name of public safety.”

The statement called upon federal and provincial governments to resolve the dispute and its inaction “is leading to unrest between the natives and non-natives, putting all people at great risk.

“Today’s large protest and occupation of our land proves that this explosive situation will only intensify without government action.” Nibourg’s move to challenge protesters publicly caught the ire of Tyendinaga Mohawk Chief R. Donald Maracle.

In a sharply-worded statement, Maracle said the band council didn’t condone the actions of protesters but he believed Nibourg’s actions were a publicity event to incite the demonstration.

“We are informed that the developer has no building permits in place and the municipalities and the county have no bylaws in place to permit development on the land,” Maracle stated. “Therefore, the announcement seems to have been staged more as a media event to draw attention to the interests of individuals.

“The Culbertson Tract Claim should not be about protests, blockades or civil disputes between our people and our neighbours,” the chief added.

“People need to remain calm and allow for peaceful negotiations to continue in a climate not hampered by protests and blockades. Directing our energy and focus to negotiations with the Crown is more productive and responsible than sensationalized confrontation.” For Doreen and his crew, however, the purpose behind the blockade was simple.

“We are the defender of the land and that’s where it is,” he said, acknowledging none in his party were at the negotiating table with the federal government.

“In no way is he [Nibourg] going to build – it is our land,” he said.

While speaking with members of the media, Doreen was clear on any threat of altercations between involving police, protesters or the public.

“We’re not in a fight with the OPP – we have to be peaceful,” he said, adding his group would not “provoke physical violence at all,” during the course of the demonstration.

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Comments
  1. M. Leversedge says:

    This is not the complete story of events… far from it. My son and his wife live on the Deseronto Road not far from the occupied quarry. In the last few days they have been harassed, verbally abused, and their safety threatened by masked protesters as the OPP looked on, their hands being politically tied, I suppose. This came to a head on Monday, when a senior couple returning home ( having to take an MT road as all others were blocked) were swarmed in their minivan by about 15+ protesters, some of whom were masked. Very frightening for a couple in their seventies to have their vehicle mobbed, kicked, windows broken with a bat; especially when one protester tried to pull the gentleman out the van through the open window.

    This went on for a while ( as OPP looked on from the sidelines) until the senior was able to convince the protesters to allow them to get to their house. When my son went to check on the couple and later get heart medication from the van, then then attention was drawn to him and his family again. Non specific threats were made for his safety. OPP suggestion was that since they could not guarantee his safety that perhaps he and his family should move!!! Especially since the protesters had taken his ( my son’s) picture and said they were circulating them amongst the protesters. Peaceful protest.. oh, yes. What was said about peaceful, non-violent action? Very credible. And there is more. It’s a shame the media does not look to add personal depth to coverage of situations that affect many people very personally.

  2. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    Thank you for this very real update on what life is like up there for those living in the area these terrorists have decided to occupy. The parallels between what’s happening now in Deseronto and what’s happened in Caledonia are astounding.

    In June of 2006, the OPP stood and watched as an elderly couple in a car were swarmed by Native thugs in Caledonia. They tried to escape and were followed down the road by the terrorists who swarmed them again in a parking lot. This was caught on tape by a CHTV camera crew who were across the street, so the Natives attacked them too and stole the camera while once again the OPP stood nearby refusing to help.

    Jeff

  3. annie says:

    The media does not care what happens here, neither does the government, or the mohawk chief who says one thing to the media and one thing to his people. They do not care about people with children in the car, as masked men kick the car screaming, as you try to take a child to a hospital. They did not care, and you did not have to be white to get such inhuman treatment, I know because the mother was mohawk. You see there are two kinds of mohawks, those on the territory and those living off the territory, and this has clearly shown that those on the territory HATE those living off the territory. So Mr. Brant and his thugs are not just fighting the “white man” here in Deseronto they are fighting what they should consider there brothers and sisters.

    This was an ignorant display, by both sides of the argument. The developer who DOES NOT LIVE HERE, and the Warrior Society again who does not live here. What ever understanding as a mohawk I had is GONE, because I was the mother in the car. The OPP should be careful, since they are not arresting first nations people here, they may find them fighting against one another, which clearly is what that coward Shawn Brant wants. This will not be another Caledonia, because Deseronto has a very different population make up. I will not give up my home to terrorists, even when they come in the form of fellow mohawks, and neither will any of the others I know.

  4. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    I’m truly sorry and deeply saddened to hear that you and your child were attacked Annie.

    I will do my best to keep what news we are getting about Deseronto coming, and to show people the horrifying reality that the media is ignoring through the comments of brave residents like you who refuse to allow yourself to be terrorized into submission and silence.

    Jeff

  5. jeff says:

    Sean Brant Has just been arressted for his part in deseronto’s latest native protest

  6. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    Indeed he has Jeff, and the Terrorists in Deseronto and Caledonia are having a temper tantrum over it that has so far resulted in injured police officers, Mohawks drawing guns, and a raging tire fire being set by the Six Nations extremists in Caledonia.

    Much to the suprise of nobody, the OPP have not made any arrests in Caledonia so far.

    Jeff Parkinson

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