The OPP Tries to Wash Away Their Handywork
Friday, June 12, 2009
OPP Brutally Attacks Peaceful Bocakade in Tyendinaga
6:30 AM, June 12, 2009 In an early morning raid of the Mohawk blockade of the Skyway Bridge in Tyendinaga, swarms of OPP officers attacked and brutally assaulted demonstrators. The blockade was undertaken for a couple of reasons. One was to show of support to the Mohawk People of Akwesasne who are currently the victims of blockades by the US and Canada, having the access limited or denied completely to the portion of their community located on what is known as Cornwall Island. Another hope was to use this show of solidarity to encourage Canadian officials to engage the Mohawks of Akwesasne in meaningful dialogue to address the community's opposition to armed border guards being permanently located within the Mohawk community.
Early reports of injuries include broken bones and massive head and face trauma. Current reports indicate that 13 individuals were arrested and charged with "mischief". 3 individual were taken to the hospital, one of which was released back into police custody. 2 remain hospitalized.
Clearly the assaults were intended to be the deterrent against this type of peaceful protest rather than the charge of mischief. As long it is the police that dole out the punishment, the Canadian courts can make its claim to administer fairness and justice to Naitve People.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.