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Oka Crisis ends

The Story


The 78-day stand-off, which began with the death of Corporal Lemay on July 11, ends unexpectedly. The masked Mohawk warriors put down their weapons and spring out of the woods, catching the soldiers off guard. The army is unprepared for the disorganized surrender. The end comes in a series of wild scuffles with 34 people arrested. There's a lot of pushing, shoving and screaming but no shots are fired.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Sept. 26, 1990
Guests: Mike Myers, Alain Tremblay
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Paul Adams, Neil MacDonald
Duration: 7:40

Did You know?


• In the end, the Oka Crisis cost the Quebec government an estimated $180 million not including the cost of the army.

• At one point the military received a court order allowing it to cut off communications behind the barricades, and that included reporters' cellphones. Over the summer police even seized videotape and rolls of film. They detained and questioned reporters who were allowed behind the barricades.


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