The tense native standoff boiled over again last night after OPP officers arrested two townspeople during an angry clash involving up to 400 people.
Residents and aboriginals hurled racial slurs at each other over a schoolyard fence early this morning. As some 50 OPP officers in riot gear-- four with rifles visible -- moved in, the townspeople barraged them with verbal assaults, accusing them of being one-sided.
A third man was taken into custody.
Earlier yesterday, two CH TV cameramen were assaulted, allegedly by natives occupying a disputed piece of land.About 90 minutes later, a witness said a group of natives dragged four American tourists from their SUV after they snapped a few photos of the native-occupied land despite remaining on public property.
No word on the camera being returned.
"Two of them were off-duty New York State troopers," said a resident who lives near the attack site. "Two of them were dragged from their truck and (the natives) drove off and (went) back into their own area."Witnesses said they drove around in the tourists' vehicle for about an hour before returning it.
Thus it would appear that even though I think I'm being cynical about the government and police in this case, and even though I feel pretty cynical about it, bottom line, its just the truth. Flagrant assaults by protesters go unremarked, townies get busted.
Put it another way, if the cops all go home the blockade will be over in a matter of minutes. The cops are the ones keeping it in place.
Interesting government we have here, eh?