Your Photos: Skyway bridge blockade
- June 9, 2009 12:17 PM |
- By Your Voice
Submitted by Christopher Clarke
About/Bio: Christopher Clarke is a journalism student living in Belleville, Ontario.
My take: UPDATE: On Friday June 12, 2009, the blockade of the Skyway Bridge ended. As was widely reported, the Tyendinaga Mohawk Police Service, with assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police, confronted the protesters around 6:30 am, which resulted in a number of injuries to both protesters and police. The police received minor wounds, and the protesters suffered more serious ones, and an elderly protester was reported to be in critical condition, though was released later the same day.
A short time later, a group led by Mohawk women blockaded the bridge again, setting up a peace camp on the corner of the highway perpendicular to the bridge entrance on the Tyendinaga side. They refused to re-open the bridge until all of the men arrested, except for those who already had conditions attached to them from previous charges, were released. This occurred around 5:00 pm, and the protesters left the bridge to the police.
The confrontation between the protesters and the TMPS left many people bitter, as a community meeting to discuss the blockade was scheduled for that morning at 9:00 am. Because of this, many people there were angry at the police and band council for not waiting a few hours for the chance to arrive at a peaceful, negotiated agreement.
June 9: About 40 Mohawk protesters blocked a bridge in eastern Ontario Sunday evening in support of a nearby First Nations community engaged in a standoff with the federal government over the arming of border guards.
Belleville resident Christopher Clarke sent these photos of the standoff.
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