OPP move in on Mohawk roadblock

Posted: April 28, 2008 in Deseronto, Headlines, Land claims, Natives, OPP

April 28, 2008

Note: It will be interesting to see how the extremists who have used this as an excuse to terrorize Caledonia again will react to this news. Clearly the OPP are capable of enforcing the law when they choose to do so.

The Toronto Sun

The OPP moved in on a roadblock at Deseronto this morning and have taken back a road that was under the control of Mohawk protestors, OPP Commssioner Julian Fantino said.

“We did,” he said of reports OPP officer moved in and regain control of Slash Road. “There was no incident or arrests.”

And no one was hurt.

Provincial police had issued an ultimatum for the members of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to vacate that post.

The Deseronto land claims protest escalated on the weekend when police arrested Mohawk leader Shawn Brant at a traffic stop.

Two officers were injured and a cruiser window was smashed after Brant’s supporters rushed to the scene and clashed with police.

Fantino said officers were clearing a roadblock and filling in a ditch within minutes of taking back the road, so that about six homes there can be reconnected to the region.

“They were at risk, no emergency vehicles would have been able to get to them,” he said.

Native protester Jason Maracle said those who had held the road, decided to “just move down the road a bit.”

He warned, though there could still be a conflict.

“If they come on this territory you are Fuckin right something is going to happen,” Maracle said.

OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino has called for calm and said if protestors would go home, the incident would be over.

Several protestors are set to make court appearances today.

Protesters in Caledonia, meanwhile, have closed an area highway to show support for their colleagues in Deseronto. (Edit: colleagues? Is Terrorism an officially recognized career choice now?)

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