APTN Covering Vancouver/Tyendinaga Solidarity
Tyendinaga and Six Nations Solidarity Action on Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, B.C)
[Posted by attendee, Apr 29, 2008, to seattle.indymedia.org]
Yesterday, April 28, 2008, about a hundred Natives and non-Native supporters marched along and blocked-off a major trucking route in East Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, for several hours starting at about 3:00 PM, in solidarity with the struggle at Tyendinaga and Six Nations. The march was led by elders and stopped for drumming and singing at a few major intersections, causing massive traffic jams.
Hands off Tyendinaga Mohawks
OPP = VPD (They’re all gangsters)
Natives Resist State Oppression
Solidarity is Our Weapon
A few photos of the action can be found here:
Two short bystander youtube videos of the action [have been removed]
On Friday April 25th at 2:45pm EST Ontario Provicial Police (OPP) surrounded the quarries in Tyendinaga demanding the surrender of the Mohawks who were resisting an encroachment into Mohawk territory by the construction of a development site. The police drew their guns and violence ensued on the part of the police. Earlier that week, the OPP swarmed Mohawk Territory in response to halting of construction on the sit by a group of warriors.
The purpose of this action is to show KKKanada that first people will stand united against police oppression and the governments theft of our lands.
Actions have already taken place in Awkwesasne and Kahnawake.
The Tyendinga resisters are still holding strong despite arrests, physical violence inflicted on young people (a young man had both arms broken by police), guns pointed at children, and despite news reports that denied these facts.