Sunday, June 11, 2006

US border patrol attacked in Canada by natives.

Canada: The OPP(Ontario Provincial Police) finally getting around to round up the natives who have basically taken over a town while the government looks on in a land dispute.

CALEDONIA, Ont. — Police were seeking arrest warrants today for seven aboriginal protesters they say were involved in a string of violent clashes at the scene of a long-standing native blockade in southern Ontario. The seven face a battery of serious charges, including attempted murder, assault and forcible confinement, after angry protesters surrounded a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle on Friday and dragged out its three occupants. "They were forcibly removed after they were swarmed," Graham said. The injured police officer was pulled out of the path of the stolen vehicle as it was driven deliberately at him, OPP Const. Doug Graham said today. Graham said the officer was treated and released. The stolen vehicle was recovered but no arrests were made. Officers from the U.S. Border Patrol were in the area to observe how provincial police were handling the standoff, he added. "Often, police officials work together and share information, and that group was here observing how we were using our police resources during this incident," Graham said.
This should be an easy lesson for the border patrol, just do the exact opposite. The people living there have had enough.
Several hundred angry residents of Caledonia confronted police in full riot gear to protest police inaction after two CH-TV news cameramen were injured in a scuffle with angry protesters. One of the victims, who needed stitches to close a head wound, said police officers were nearby, but took no action during the attack. Police say they will also be laying charges in relation to an incident Friday involving an elderly couple whose car was surrounded by protesters. The man in the car, who suffers from a heart condition, was taken to hospital for observation, but no one was injured, police said. Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer told CH News she has a difficult time believing provincial police would stand idly by while individuals were being attacked. "Any of the OPP officers that I know, they wouldn't have let that happen," Trainer said. "They wouldn't have let those seniors be harassed like that, and they wouldn't have let those cameramen be beat up — I know they wouldn't. So I don't know what was wrong with those few that were there." Deputy OPP commissioner Maurice Pilon Pilon agreed. "I find it difficult to accept that our officers are not engaging when they need to," he said. An aborginal spokesman said today the Mowhawk Confederacy will continue to co-operate with both the Six Nations band and provincial police in bringing a peaceful resolution to the dispute. The rash of violence was just the latest flashpoint in the standoff, which is now more than 100 days old. A blockade was erected more than three months ago as protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve took over a housing development they say was being built on land they have claimed as their own.

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