The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a reported assault on two officers at the disputed Culbertson Land Tract quarry near Deseronto, which is under occupation by Mohawk protesters. Sgt. Kristine Rae, spokesperson for Eastern Region OPP headquarters, said the assault occurred during a visit to the occupied site by members of the OPP’s Major Event Liaison Team.
“At approximately 8 o’clock last night two plainclothes MELT members went to the quarry to speak with the elders,” Rae said Wednesday. “As the officers approached they were confronted by some of the people in attendance and assaulted.” She said there were no injuries, but “the unmarked cruiser did sustain some minor damage.” (Belleville Intelligener, Ontario, Jan. 31)
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory leader Shawn Brant, who launched the occupation of the quarry, is already facing charges in organizing blockades of highways and rail lines in last year’s June 29 Aboriginal Day of Action. (Belleville Intelligencer, Jan. 3)