The following warning to the Brantford about the consequences of attempting to enforce the law was published in the Expositor today.
May 26, 2008
“Foundation for confrontation”
I (Clive Garlow) am one of those named in the motion record regarding the application for an injunction by the city of Brantford.
I will state clearly and emphatically again, that the behavior and the conduct of Brantford’s mayor and council go beyond anything that resembles any sense of decency, given the well-known and documented history of Brantford’s dealings over the past 170 years regarding our lands and leases.
The fraudulent dealings Brantford has employed in acquiring Six Nations lands are common knowledge.
This motion record is a racist document in itself. It primarily and directly targets a specific race of people, to wit, the people of Six Nations. In itself, this is strictly prohibited by the Constitution Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In short, it is against Canadian law and against our guaranteed right of peaceful protest and all of its definitions.
Mayor Mike Hancock and council, I fear, have laid the foundation for serious confrontation that could very well lead to bloodshed. Should that occur, history will prove Hancock and his cronies to be directly instrumental in instigating the agony which may befall his own beloved city, its citizens and its neighbors, the people of Six Nations, when clearly many, many other options were available that would avoid confrontation.
By our actions over these many months as we have tried to defend what is ours until a court of law decides otherwise, we have proven that, yes, while we are as one developer likes to say, “a pain in the ass,” we have conducted ourselves always, in a peaceful, non-confrontational way and proven to all, that we do not condone violence in any form. Determination, yes! But not violence!
Our attempts to educate the people of Brantford to show why our fight is just and honourable have, with few exceptions, fallen on uninterested ears. No one wants to listen and what’s more, no one wants to believe Brantford has behaved as a thief in the night wearing a mask called democracy.
We will see what unfolds. It is now, as it always has been, up to Brantford to have the courage to stand up and hold itself accountable for the many wrongs it has committed against the people of Six Nations over many years. If it cannot do that, yes, you will have our lands as you wish. There is none among us who can stop you, for you apply the laws to your own benefit and disregard our rights. That reputation you always seem so concerned about, Mayor Hancock? You will never get it back.
Those who cannot respect others’ rights, cannot hold others to respect them. You will be rich but you will have no soul. Any bloodshed is upon you!