Natives back down from 403 protest

Posted: June 24, 2010 in 2010 day of action, G20, Hamilton, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, Native Supremacy Movement, Natives, OPP, Toronto

June 24, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

According to the Hamilton Spectator, red power united – the red supremacy group who planned and announced a blockade of the 403 between Hamilton and Toronto today has backed down and called it off.

They’re claiming it’s because “more radical groups” expressed an intent to get involved, but one has to wonder if this is simply the result of police threatening to do their job and remove any unlawful blockade.

One would think that McGuinty would not want the publicity of a major artery into Toronto being shut down for no reason, so maybe he took the proverbial handcuffs off of the police for one day.

Another possibility of course is that they got the attention they’re so desperate for just by threatening to do this.

We have yet to hear anything about them blocking any other highways or rail lines on this self proclaimed “day of action” so maybe this one is going to fizzle out before it gets started just as the last one did.

Whatever the reason, this is great news for commuters and law abiding citizens across the province, and a sign that threats from this group don’t need to be taken quite so seriously anymore.

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Comments
  1. Simon says:

    Either that, or what I think is that there was a behind the scenes deal “negotiated” (read extorted) from the Province/Feds – more funding for propaganda and terrorist instruction manuals perhaps….or maybe a new casino on the shores of Lake Harper.

  2. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    While we may never know for sure, I think it’s entirely possible that they backed down in the face of real resistance from the police and or CSIS.

    It’s one thing to talk tough about how you’re going to thumb your nose at a group like CSIS, and quite another to do it.

    In any case, it was widely reported that they backed down, so the public knows now that this particular group doesn’t need to be taken very seriously.

    “red power” is as laughable a concept as white power, black power, or any other group of biggots who think they’re better than everyone else.

  3. Kevin says:

    CWC I am curious to know if you folks have any idea how much both our provincial and federal governments have spent on Six Nations in the last four years of occupation in Caledonia. I know there was 300,000 just to have consensus which they never truly did. A new bingo hall, sports field, improvements to their lacrosse arena, some money to the new police station, fire department, and negotiations team. That’s just a few not to mention 100 million for policing and property damage to hydro relay station and it’s twenty four hour security times two for the last four years.

    If Six Nations wants money maybe they should start working for it by raising money privately instead of always expecting to hand outs. Not a good way to convince the government they are capable of being a sovereign nation.

  4. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    I think it will be quite some time before anyone has a definitive figure Kevin.

    We know the cost to be astronomical, but the actual numbers have not been released. I suspect a future non Liberal government will tell us in time.

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