Two extreme examples of how a native blockade affected residents here played out early Tuesday.
The first occurred on the corner of Dundas and Second streets – just a stone’s throw from the protest site – within moments of the Mohawk barricade being taken down on Old Highway 2.
A 20-year-old Deseronto man, who declined to give his name, parked his vehicle along the side of Second Street, walked over to a telephone pole along Old Highway 2 and stapled a white piece of Bristol board reading ‘White Land’ to the post.
When approached, the man said he and fellow town residents “were fed up” with the actions of native protesters.
“I’m tired of them stopping me from going to work … and I don’t see anybody else doing anything,” he said.
He and his friends “are getting riled up” about the actions of natives in the area, but the man didn’t elaborate on what, if any, action his group planned to take.
Around the same time about a kilometre away, Deseronto Road resident Andy Leversedge and his family were packing their belongings.
“We’ve had it, we’re moving out of here,” said Leversedge, who lives near the Thurlow Aggregates quarry, which has been occupied by protesters since last March.
While the protests have been an irritating fact of life for the past year for his family, Leversedge said the actions of some protesters overnight Monday pushed the envelope.
While he, his wife and toddler son were on the front lawn of their home, protesters snapped several pictures and shot video footage, Leversedge said.
“They were marking us, if you ask me,” he said, “I don’t know any other reason why they would take my picture and my wife’s picture.
“I don’t trust these guys at all … and I can’t leave my wife and two-year-old son here everyday while I go to work. It’s not safe for them and we’re done with it.
“We’re packing our stuff and getting out of here.”