Monday, June 1, 2009

Border Guards Leave Eastern Ontario Post

Image: 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. Stan Honda

From The CBC:

Canadian border guards abandoned their posts early Monday at a U.S. border crossing at Cornwall, Ont., after talks broke down with Mohawk officials over the arming of border guards.

Canadian Border Services Agency workers left their posts on Cornwall Island, citing safety concerns.

Mohawk leaders from the Akwesasne Mohawk territory, which straddles the borders of Quebec, Ontario and New York, say they don't want the guards to be armed because it would violate their sovereignty and increase the likelihood of violent confrontations.

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