Six Nations demonstrators return to web site of land dispute after conflict, arrests

The Canadian Press

Printed Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:16PM EDT

Final Up to date Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:49PM EDT

CALEDONIA, Ont. – Indigenous demonstrators have returned to the location of a housing improvement on the centre of a land dispute in southern Ontario, the day after nine people were arrested following a violent clash with police.

Provincial police say they went to the McKenzie Meadows improvement on the outskirts of Caledonia, Ont., on Wednesday to implement a courtroom injunction ordering demonstrators off the land.

OPP allege among the occupiers threw “giant rocks” at officers, and officers responded by firing a single spherical from a weapon that shoots rubber bullets.

They are saying 9 folks had been arrested and later launched.

Protesters have dubbed the location “1492 Land Again Lane” and commenced occupying it greater than two weeks in the past, arguing the event violates the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee folks.

The Haudenosaunee – a gaggle that features the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora First Nations – are often known as the Iroquois or the Six Nations, and had been concerned in an analogous land dispute in 2006.

The occupation drew the premier’s ire on Thursday, and whereas he stated he couldn’t and wouldn’t direct the police, he made his place clear.

“You simply cannot go in and take over folks’s future houses…. It is mistaken,” Doug Ford stated throughout a information convention.

He known as the incident “uncalled for,” “disturbing” and “unacceptable.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Aug. 6, 2020.