URGENT APPEAL FROM OCAP:
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) just sent this urgent !!! appeal this am. It concerns an imminent invasion of the Tyendinaga Mohawk community by the OPP. Read it and respond if you can.
URGENT ACTION: Call Premier: SWAT Teams ammassing in Tyendinaga 9:30 am Monday
**URGENT** Tyendinaga 9:30 am Monday morning, April 28th We have just been informed by the Tyendinaga Mohawk community spokespeople that SWAT teams are amassing now on the Deseronto and Slash Roads, bordering the Tyendinaga quarry reclamation site. Community spokesperson Jason Maracle has just been told by the OPP to pull people out of the quarry because they are going in.
Tyendinaga Support Committee
CALL THE PREMIER! CALL THE PREMIER! CALL THE PREMIER! CALL THE PREMIER! Please call the premier's office immediately and urge them to:
-Honour Mohawk land, call off the OPP: Do not risk people's lives for a gravel pit the government has already acknowledged is on Mohawk land!
-Release all First Nations political prisoners!
Premier Dalton McGuinty: 416-325-1941 (phone)
Yesterday's Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:FROM TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY:
Ontario Jails Five More First Nations People Involved in Land Struggles
(Sunday, April 27, 2008 -Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory)
Five men from Tyendinaga are in jail today bringing the total number of First Nations people in Ontario jails for defending their land to 12. Ontario, it appears, has opted for the incarceration of First Nations people over the resolution of outstanding land issues as their status quo.
As for the Ontario Provincial Police, it appears the adoption of Justice Linden's Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations is experiencing some delay.While in custody at the Napanee Detachment several different officers repeatedly informed Shawn Brant that they were going to "slit his throat"and that he was a "dead man." This followed a similarly disturbing incident that occurred on Monday,April 22nd during the road closures in Deseronto when an officer on the scene clearly and audibly commented to her colleagues "we should justshoot them (Mohawks) all." Meanwhile, road closures continue in Tyendinaga and Six Nations until, asone man said, "We finish the job."
Jay Maracle: 613-243-4993