TYENDENAGA – By about 2:30 on Monday afternoon, there were far more police in the area than there were protesters. The Mohawks made good on Shawn Brant’s promise to engage in direct action if the Harper government doesn’t commit to a national inquiry into the more than 800 cases of murdered and missing Native women across the country over the past few decades. Most of these cases remain unsolved and some have not even been investigated, it is alleged.
Everything remains calm as of press time after the OPP closed Shannonville Road at Highway #2. Earlier, police closed Wyman Road after around 8 protesters built a fire to keep warm alongside the road.
The relations between Mohawks and the police were respectful and polite and no problems have arisen to date.
Late Sunday, afternoon, there was some concern when elements of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment (Reserves) were in the immediate affected area. The regiment travelled in armoured personnel carriers down York Road, which is the main artery that runs diagonally through Tyendinaga from Highway 2 and Shannonville Road to Highway 49. Some Mohawk protesters chased them down and told them to leave the territory, which they complied with without incident.
A volunteer firefighter from the Tyendinaga Township Fire Department (which is an off-territory non-Native fire department), reported that they had been told by someone (supposedly Mohawks), that emergency vehicles would not be allowed through the barricades. But those at the barriers with Brant knew nothing of this.
In contrast, the protesters were allowing local residents and school busses through without restriction. As with most cases of Native protest, the spreading of false information is designed to make the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte look bad in the eyes of local non-Natives. According to protesters and from what this reporter saw first hand, any vehicles that may have been turned around were told by police to do so and not by Brant and his followers.