Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mohawks Vow Long, Hot Summer

Protesters fly the Iriquois Confederation flag at the border crossing into Cornwall, Ont., 19 April, 2001. A caravan of cars and other protesters waits for custom inspection on the Seaway International Bridge (background), after crossing from the Akwasasne Mohawk reservation, part of the Iriquios Confederation.Photograph by: Stan Honda, Agence France-Presse

From The Montreal Gazette:

Aboriginals protest against plan to arm border guards at Cornwall crossing.

Travellers may be in for a summer of discontent as a federal plan to arm border guards is igniting anger throughout Mohawk communities and has already led to protests this month that temporarily closed the cross-border bridge at Cornwall, Ont.

More is to come, the Mohawks promise.

They argue that Ottawa’s plan to arm border guards working at a customs checkpoint in the Akwesasne reserve is a violation of their sovereign territory and will endanger the lives of aboriginals who regularly cross that border.

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