Mohawks Standoff Against Canadian Police
- CANADA KIDNAPS THE MOHAWKS Bogus guns-at-the-border issue
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MNN Mohawk Nation News
June 1, 2009. Bully Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, is
trying to start an argument with the Mohawks to bring in paramilitary
forces at Akwesasne. On May 26, 2009 he signed into law the Shiprider
Agreement, a cross border law between Canada and U.S. The effect is
those who stand up for their rights or criticize Canada are terrorists
and the government can sue them and seize all their property. This is
meant for us.
A few years ago a plan was hatched. Prime Minister Harper was friendly with the American real estate people in New York City. They wanted him to change the laws so that Indigenous territories in Canada can be seized by outside interests for non-payment of false fines and criminal convictions. Their interest is primarily in Iroquois territories in southern Quebec and southern Ontario. They also wanted to seize Indigenous property and resources in Alberta and elsewhere. A campaign to discredit us was started.
A huge article appeared in the New York Times about us being terrorists. Then the Center for Public Integrity of Washington DC published a series of 12 untruthful articles in the Montreal Gazette that hooked us up with bikers and other gangs.
Harper announced it on Sunday, May 31st, in Toronto to the Canadian Jewish Congress. Opposition leader, Michael Ignatief, and many real estate promoters were there. It was another piece of the puzzle being fitted together. He will remove the protection so that his US friends and their Canadian partners can grab billions of dollars of prime Indigenous territories in urban Ontario and Quebec. In exchange they will deliver Ontario to his party in the next election.
A Mohawk Band Council Resolution forbids guns at the border. Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, said the guns are going to be given to the border guards. So far they have not.
The border was shut down by the Cornwall city cops and NYS police, not the Mohawks. We can't drive on or off the Island. If we do, we can't go home. Grandmothers, grandfathers and children have been branded as terrorists to force us to submit to their demands.
Who's really behind this?
Are they foreign elements who have taken power over the military, para
military and peacekeeping forces in Canada?
It seems decisions are being made by some secret entity with a totalitarian agenda. Could it be the international banksters and multinational corporatists?
Why is a standoff being created between Canada and the U.S. with us in the middle? Is there a rift between two long time allies, or is something else really going on?
It's beginning to look more like a police state situation where more are going to be uniformed, carrying guns and deadly tasers. Everyone
coming from the US is going to be facing an armed guard at the border.
The U.S. citizens might think they are surrounded by enemies. The
police control the politicians in Canada and the US. They are
dictating their need for weapons. Their hidden agenda is to transform
these two colonies on Great Turtle Island into police states.
The US has always been worried that Canada was going to become an enemy and vice versa. That's why Fort Drum Army Base was put 40 miles south of the Canadian border with 90,000 soldiers ready to march in. The Canadian police agencies have been undermined by somebody. What about the Northcom Agreement which is integrating all policing in US and Canada? They want to contain people and to stop freedom of travel.
There is no safety issue. Terrorists will not come through the US to
Canada. The US is not threatening Canada. In Akwesasne there are
around 20 policing agencies. There is no danger whatsoever.
Throughout history the Mohawks have always been the peace makers between all the competing parties. We do not become involved in these conflicts between greedy colonial powers that are fighting for control of the world. We learned how to be peacemakers from Dekanawida.
Peter Van Loan said, "It's no use for the Mohawks to resist". A whole
community being held hostage for being "Indian" hasn't happened for a
while. In 1990 three Mohawk communities were surrounded for 78 days by the army. This might go on indefinitely. We are patient and always willing to talk.
514-269-1400. Contact Chief Nona Benedict 613-551-5421 613-938-8145 nbenedict@..., go to www.akwesasne.ca. Chief Wesley Benedict 613-551-2573; Larry King 613-551-1930; Chief Joe Lazore 613-551-5292.
Akwesasne Is On High Alert As The Bridges Are Closed And Canadians Borders Services Abandoned
Monday, June 1, 2009
Midnight, June 1, 2009: As the deadline for new compliance standards imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol and the Canadian Border Services was reached, an all out military style blockade has been established on the U.S. and Canadian
sides of the international bridges that use Akwesasne's Cornwall Island to connect them. June 1st was the date for the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) to come into effect. The standards called for stiffer identification requirements including U.S. or Canadian passports or new enhanced ID cards with scannable and trackable RFID chips embedded in them. Canadian Border Services (CBS) also planned to used the deadline as the start of an upgraded arming and militarization of the customs and border facility located
within the the territory of the Kanienkehaka, on Cornwall Island which is now eerily abandoned. These moves have been opposed by the Kanienkehaka with particular concern over weapons being brought into their community. Several demonstrations have occurred over the last several weeks specifically addressing the overwhelming opposition of the Kanienkehaka to the idea of a foreign armed force being based within their community.
No dialogue or communications of any kind has been offered up to explain the blockade. DHS, as recently as last week expressed in a conference call for all Native communities on the U.S.-Canadian border that a "relaxing of the requirements" would be in affect for an "undetermined transitional period". When asked specifically about the Massena crossing, they offered no insight to a closing or
The Kanienkehaka are presently asking everyone to use every means available to keep communications flowing and prepare to support this community as this apparent military action continues. Travel preparations from as many Native territories as possible on both sides of the "Imaginary Line" should be started as well as any actions that can be undertaken to show solidarity.
At the time of this posting there was still no press presence or any international observation. The hope is that efforts to bring as much attention to these actions as possible can reach the highest international levels. Contact with the people of Akwesasne is
critically important at this point and the flow of information is one of the best weapons against any abuses that occur. All media contacts and organizations should be brought on line to monitor the situation.
Any developments will be posted as information is received.
The partnership between the United States and Canada continues efforts to roll over Native people. Since when does the US border service block people from leaving the US? Apparently job descriptions change when it comes to violating the rights of Native people. As the US pushes it's tougher identification standards including trying to dictate what is acceptable for Native ID's, Canada is pushing to militarize it's border stations. The problem is that in someone's
infinite wisdom, Canada placed a border station on Mohawk land. Mohawks, perhaps more than any other, don't trust the US or Canada. Not only do Mohawks not trust them, but they are prepared to stand up to them. The people of Akwesasne have made it clear that they will not accept a permanent armed presence by a foreign occupation force in their community. Canada's response is to call its uncle Sam
(or Tom) to help them barracade those menacing Mohawks. So as the Canadian forces close the bridge to Cornwall Island from the North, the US transforms its multi-million dollar, flagship border station/ Homeland Security Fort?/ customs booths, designed for the all new, high-tech entry system, into a Canadian border station/ concentration camp guard station/ bridge troll, now denying departures from the US rather than scrutinizing entries.
The blockade has all the feel of a set up. Not even a chicken shit country like Canada would abandon such an important border crossing. Certainly the US did not pour millions into its facility to play doorman for Canada. None of us believe that either the US or Canada will just try to wait out the Mohawks until they concede to an armed
presence in their territory. These guys are setting our people up and they have help among us. We need to be wary of false prophets and leaders. We have been sold out too many times to let it happen again. The only thing worse that being sold out is being set up. Outside forces (and inside agents) will be pushing to create a reason for extreme actions. They are just waiting for the right time to act.
All Native people need to support the People of Akwesasne. Non-Native support is appreciated as well. While we are certainly not coalmine
canaries; what ever diminishes our sovereignty will also strip away non-native liberties as well.
Akwesasne Mohawks held hostage - bridges blocked - guards walk off
Monday, June 1, 2009
MNN Mohawk Nation News
AKWESASNE MOHAWKS: BOTH BRIDGES BLOCKED CUSTOMS AGENTS WALK OFF AT MIDNIGHT MAY 31SR. Mohawks being held hostage.
IS CANADA BECOMING AN ENEMY OF THE U.S.?
The Canada Border Services Agency union created trouble to get guns in the hands of the border guards. Their strategy was to make trouble for the Mohawks. The aftermath is that it's illegal and we don't forget how brutally we've been treated.
MNN. June 1, 2009. At 10:00 pm last night, May 31, the chief was coming through Cornwall Island Canada Customs. He was served with a letter from Peter Van Loan, Canada's Public Safety Minister informing us that "There will be guns" on June 1st 2009.
The Canada Border Services Agents CBSA were to be armed at midnight last night. Instead they walked off. The two bridges to Cornwall Island have been closed. The north span by Cornwall police and the south span by New York State Police. There are native guards in the customs buildings. There has been an RCMP buildup in the area over the last few days.
The people met all day yesterday to get a peaceful resolution to all
aspects of the issue. They selected four men to be peace keepers.
Canada says they want to meet with the leaders. They were told the
people are the leaders and will decide what to do. So far no action is being taken. The Men will protect the people. They are at points on each bridge and adjacent to the customs.
Canada is escalating the issue by blocking us in. We are now closed in and being held hostage.
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed resolution #318 on February 28, 2008 forbidding firearms to be carried by Canada Customs Border Service Agents in the Mohawk community. According to their own legislation, that is the law on the territory. According to the will of the people based on the Great Law of Peace, our constitution, our position is against guns.
International law supports the Mohawks. It forbids unilateral impositions without full consultation and consent of the majority of the people concerned. Canada must abide by our decisions according to the international conventions they've signed.
ISSUE: In a democracy government doesn't tell police what to do. Otherwise it's a dictatorship. The agents have made a demand they will not work unless they have guns. The CBSA management says it's out of their hands. The guards dispute is with management. Management and government have no control over them. The guards think they can do what they want because they are protected by their union, acting like a law onto themselves.
What ideological group has taken over the union? Obviously they are anti- Mohawk, anti-democracy and anti-American.
Supporters may send comments to: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, SQ1A UK; President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461; The Governor General of Canada, M. Michaelle Jean, 1 Rideau Drive, Ottawa info@...; Alain Jolicoeur, President, CBSA, Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8, 613-952-3200, 613-957-0612; General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@...; Lance Markell, District Director, Northern Office Customs, St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa Ont. K1G 4K3, CBSA 613-930-3234, 613-991-1214, General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@...; Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, Operator Number: 202-282-8000, Comment Line: 202-282-8495, Jayson P. Ahern, A/Commissioner, U.S. Customs, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20229 Chief Counsel (202) 344-2990; Marco A. Lopez, Jr., Chief of Staff, U.S. Customs, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20229; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; House of Commons, Ottawa, harper.s@...; Hon. Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, House of Commons, Ottawa; Hon. Robert Douglas Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, 284 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8; Attorney General of Ontario, 720 Bay St., 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2K1; Hon. Yvon Marcoux, Minister of Justice and A.G.O., Louis-Phillipe-Pigeon Bldg., 1200 Rue d l'Eglise, 9th Floor, St. Foy G1V 4M1; Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs, 10 Wellington St., Hull, Que. K1A 0H4 Strahl.c@...; Premier Dalton McGuinty, Province of Ontario, Queens Park, Toronto ON; Premier Charest, Province of Quebec, Legislature, Quebec City; British High Commission, 80 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5K7; Canadian Human Rights Commission, 344 Slater St., 8th Floor Ottawa, ON K1A 1E1; United Nations, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017; The Hague, Anna Paulownastraat, 103, 251 BBC, The Netherlands; Coalition for the International Criminal Court, c/o WFM, 708 3rd Ave., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Supporters of Mohawks: MPs Jean Crowder, Indian Affairs critic crowdj@... ; Anita Neville nevila@... ; Marc Lemay lemaym@... ; Sen. Nancy Green; Sen. Gerry St. Germain;
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