If I threatened to make even further trouble, I might find myself behind bars before long.
Indian land claim protesters, however, seem to be able to make these threats with impunity:
Court injunctions barring blockades on rail lines will do little to deter frustrated First Nations residents from staging similar demonstrations across the country, an aboriginal protester who led an eastern Ontario blockade said Thursday.
"I don't believe that an injunction changes the circumstances that people live in across this country," protest leader Shawn Brant said outside court Thursday. "I don't believe it serves to resolve those issues."
Shawn Brant's comments came after Ontario Superior Court Justice Colin Campbell temporarily upheld an injunction Thursday barring further blockades on the lines operated by Canadian National Railway.
Campbell granted the injunction last month after Brant and a group of protesters, members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, set up a 30-hour rail blockade near Deseronto, Ont., some 30 kilometres west of Kingston.
"This injunction or these proceedings, in fact, will bring about a reaction, and maybe an unintended reaction, that CN wasn't looking for," Brant said outside the court.
Is that so, Mr. Brant?
Perhaps his bravado will diminish after a night in a holding cell for contempt of court.
Regardless of what one might think about native land claims--and the history of conquest shows that they've been given much more consideration to their claims than most conquered peoples centuries after the fact--letting them get away with blockades only encourages more of the same, and worse.
Things got mighty quiet around Oka after the Mohawk Warriors got the point that the army could take them down.
Around Caledonia, the OPP's inaction has just kept the matter dragging and dragging on.
What will it take to show the blockaders that they'll be dealt with like any other law breakers?
Source: Toronto Star