Monday, October 12, 2009
I love this holiday.
Mohawk protestors thwarted an attempt to deliver a new police station building to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on Thursday.
Confrontations between the protesters and police including the Tyendinaga police force and the OPP earlier in the day lead to a temporary closing of York Rd. By 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon however, the scene around the York Rd. location was more like a family picnic after police presence had ended.
“We want the band council to get its priorities straight,” Dan Doreen, spokesman for the protestors, said, “Our kids can't drink the water at the Quinte Mohawk School. We have been protesting this police station for over a year now.”
Chief Maracle of the Mohawk Territory was not available for comment to The Pioneer.
The protestors claim that there has been a lack of consultation in the community over the purchase of the new portable building. Initial plans were to deliver the building about a year ago. Protests at the time successfully delayed the delivery.
The buildings have been temporarily stored at the 10-Acre Truck Stop west of Belleville for the Thanksgiving weekend.