10/05/2005 - Minutemen - "your minute is up"....are no shows on Canadian Border also...in October...only 1 seen in West Texas...and not on the border....ACLU border watch and protestors were present however....
- FROM :"No One is Illegal-Vancouver" noii-van@...10/04/2005Minutemen shut down on U.S. - Canadian Border
The Minuteman northern border patrol has officially begun. As was widely publicized by the Minutemen and their supporters, October 1st was the launch date of this latest campaign six months after the beginning of their first armed patrol on the Arizona/Mexico border. Detachments have now been sent along the U.S./Canadian border in the states of Maine,
Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington State.
Though slated to make a launch appearance at the Peace Arch, which marks
the border between Washington State and British Columbia there were no
Minutemen to be seen there on October 1st. Members of the vigilante group
were spotted - in much smaller numbers than originally publicized along
a few stops on the border near Abbotsford, B.C. When questioned by the
media as to their original plans to have a gathering at the Peace Arch, the Minutemen confirmed that the location was changed in order to avoid the protestors.
Instead, loud cries of protest against the armed border vigilantes were
heard from a group of about 60-80 protestors who had gathered from both
sides of the border as well as a heavy media presence to cover the
Community members from Bellingham, Blaine and Vancouver stood together
to denounce this latest demonstration of racist anti-migrant activity as
well as the larger political and social ramifications of the Minutemens
actions. Organizers from both sides have begun an active campaign to
counter the Minutemen and bring public attention to the harsh realities
surrounding migration and the threat that such groups pose to
The Minutemen have also in the past told the media that the Lummi
reserve has welcomed them to train on their territory in Washington State. A
member of the community, however, completely denied those claims.
It is an outrage that armed groups can patrol the border and threaten
our communities this way without any repercussions, said Harjap Grewal, an
organizer with No One Is Illegal Vancouver. Why are these groups not
being condemned by the government, he added, while members of our
communities are increasingly subjected to racial profiling, arbitrary
detentions and labelled as terrorists?
Since the Minutemen began their activities along the U.S. Mexican
border in April of this year, numerous communities in the U.S. have clearly
demonstrated their opposition and outrage over both their actions and
the impunity with which they have been allowed to work. Thus far, ½ of the
Minuteman members have been former military and the majority have been
armed. Though they have maintained that they are not a racist group,
many of their members have been shown to have ties to white supremacist
groups The Minutemen and their supporters have openly blamed migrants and
illegals as being the cause of disease, crime and low wages.
Theyre spreading all the racist myths about migrants that weve heard before,
said Mandeep Dhillon, another organizer with No One Is Illegal
The Minutemen and their allies will say that migrants are free-loading
off the system when the truth is that this system only exists because
of the exploited labor of such migrants. If NAFTA can cross
the border then so can the poor.
The Minutemen have stated that beyond border patrols,one of their main
objectives is to influence the public perception of border security
and policy changes to further militarize the U.S. borders. Resistance to
their actions, however, is also on the rise in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Along the Mexican border, where a record 460 migrants have died in the
last year alone as a result of U.S. border policies known as Operation
Gatekeeper, numerous protest actions are planned for October 8th.
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