“The Crown land belongs to the government, not the fucking natives”


Just two days after UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya’s Canadian tour concluded, hundreds of RCMP officers raided a peaceful Mik’maq protest camp at SWN Resources Canada’s proposed shale gas development site near Rexton, N.B.

As revealed by a continuous stream of videos and photos on twitter and facebook, The RCMP, –enforcing an injunction that was obtained by SWN Resources Canada–came prepared for a war. In one photo that appeared early in the day, an RCMP Sniper is hiding in a ditch, possibly pointing his rifle at a woman.

In at least one instance, an RCMP officer attempted to incite a violent response from nearby protesters, saying “The Crown land belongs to the Govt, not the F*cking Natives.”

Despite the heavy presence of children, women and elders, as the day rolled on, the RCMP indiscriminately shot tear gas, plastic bullets, and pepper spray at the protesters, leading to an unknown number of injuries.

The RCMP also blocked medical personnel from entering the area to tend to the injured.

At the time of this writing, the RCMP have arrested more than 40 people, including the Elsipogtog First Nation Chief, several journalists and all members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. They are also enforcing a media blackout, preventing reporters from gaining access to the area and documenting possible human rights abuses.

Some protesters responded in kind. Earlier in the morning, “Molotov cocktails were thrown from the woods [...] in defense of the land and peoples. The RCMP, some with long rifles, entered the woods. Shots were fired, and screaming was heard.” reports EF! Newswire. Later on, a total of Six RCMP vehicles were set ablaze.

The RCMP raid is widely being considered a preemptive action to prevent the October 18 day of action that was issued 5 days ago by the Mik’maq Warriors Society.

In the call to action, Suzane Patles, an Ilnu woman and member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society calls for physical support at the blockade, solidarity actions across Turtle Island on Oct. 18th and a flooding of Kanadian official representatives’ phone and mail lines in protest of the court injunction that the RCMP enforced today.

In response to today’s raid, at least two additional solidarity blockades have been organized, Six Nations closing Highway 6 and Tobique First Nations blocking off the Trans Canada highway.

Numerous solidarity actions are also being organized across Canada and the United States:

Ottawa: https://www.facebook.com/events/244093895744973/
Lethbridge: https://t.co/WOZsQXr6Vc
Victoria: https://www.facebook.com/events/174316042761791/
Winnipeg: 4pm today at Cdn Museum for Human Rights
New York: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153367262815375&set=gm.215674065268880&type=1
Washington DC: details unavailable
Montreal: https://www.facebook.com/events/679333798746468/
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/events/559866710728588/

Full event listing: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AosCZUVjH-UBdF9PakZmNzFDd3RtTzYwM0FxMTlBclE

 

MORE…

http://intercontinentalcry.org/came-prepared-war-rcmp-crackdown-peaceful-mikmaq-protest/

  4 comments for ““The Crown land belongs to the government, not the fucking natives”

  1. October 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I say take away Native American benefits. Let them work like we do. See how many of them will take off a work day to sit there and blockade.
    This whole `Self Government`bull shit is why they`re in so much poverty, and there was a study that confirms it. But the study does not come out and directly say that the fat chiefs are the reason the First Nations money does not make it to all the people.

    • AnotherFUCKINGnative
      October 19, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Haven’t you taken enough from my people? Our culture, our way of life, the resources we used so sparingly? Was it necessary to kill off the numerous buffalo that my Cree family used to eat and makes tools/clothes/shelter of? I don’t think you realize that it takes a long time to turn from traditional hunters and re-learn ways of life to the European industrial lifestyle. If you wanted first nations to succeed, you IMMIGRANTS should have worked with my people instead of torture and demean us. But Lindsey, by all means, keep your privileged nose up in the air. Oh btw, thank your grandparents for sending my grandmother to residential school; it really didn’t affect my immediate family at all. I’m native and proud of it bitch.

    • Kevin
      October 19, 2013 at 1:33 am

      ANOTHER scumbag colonially-indoctrinated fascist domesticate dares flap their fluirided-up mouth??? Nice chemtrails we’re having lately…….wow, you guys are starting to look soooo psychotic to the rest of the world now! (Sweden and UK here) Time to check that baggage and what do we see here?…oh yes, land THEFT, RAPE, GENOCIDE, BOARDING SCHOOLS, MISSING GIRLS smuggled out for sale on boats….KKKanada Korporation? Is THIS what you’re so proud of supporting, that is now going for the grand finale of ecocide (leading no-dount to full-on genocide??? For YOUR greed, ignorance and addiction to the fire?? Instead of ASKING humbly and apologetically for a chance to go back to a piece of land and take your responsibilities for your own family’s survival?? Your money comes from what? Your money goes WHERE? You have no other valid values for life or arguments you say? Oh dear, you are screwed there! Show some fucking respect you moron…..or swim! Wow….congratulations, you just made a whole new level of dumb! and by the way…learn your own history and how you ended up there in the first place sheep! Good citizen! Go back to sleep!

    • Stefan
      October 19, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Your cynicism fails to mask the fact that you have no (valid) arguments. You act as if political activism is something not known to working people and that poverty caused by fat leaders would be not occuring in out culture. You simply project your life into them and go to wild conclusions. Just because you value the money gain from a day’s “work” over your causes does not mean everyone does.

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