Supporters of the Caledonia occupation and some of the media want you to believe that only a couple of hundred people showed up for the march on October 15/06. False! As you can see from the photos below, there were a lot more people than the media and gang supporters would have you believe! CityPulse 24 estimated the crowd at over 1,000, and I think that’s a little low. You judge for yourself.
I was at the very back of the march because I was being interviewed by a Toronto media outlet. This is the tail end of the crowd walking PEACEFULLY toward the school where the province has paid $35,000 to erect fencing and surveillance cameras to protect the children from the criminals illegally in possession of the Douglas Creek Estates land.
Some of the occupation supporters tried to disrupt the gathering with some dangerous driving. I have to say that I didn’t see this personally as I arrived at about five minutes after 1pm, but I did speak to several people who witnessed vehicles displaying native flags squealing their tires and crashing through a barricade in an attempt to disrupt and intimidate the people gathered to hear the speeches.
In fairness, I also have to say that I was grateful to the occupation supporters that there weren’t any more displays of intimidation. By the time I arrived, the troublemakers were gone, and they didn’t come back. I didn’t hear even one heckler during the speeches. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone on the occupation side for that.
The television media didn’t let you see the courage of two women speaking out against evil despite the potential danger to themselves. With the exception of CBC, the television media reports that I saw after the march did not show any excerpts from any of the speakers. You likely missed the electrifying speeches made by two women who have faced, and continue to live with intimidation at the hands of Caledonia and Ipperwash criminals – Mary-Lou LaPratte and AnneMarie VanSickle.
You didn’t get to hear them talk about how they are afraid in their homes, and how the OPP refuses to answer their 911 calls. You didn’t get to see two Canadian heroes willing to look masked gangsters in the eye and expose them for the scum they are.
You weren’t allowed to hear how the OPP has refused to enforce the law in portions of Ontario simply because the criminals happen to be aboriginals.
You didn’t hear the roar of the crowd when AnneMarie told Ontario Premier McGuinty that we was “…a medical anomaly” because he’s the first person in history to be able to stand erect without a spine! You missed her demands for the replacement of the Ontario Provincial Police force in Caledonia. One marcher told me they witnessed a non-OPP police officer crying during AnneMarie’s speech. That’s just how powerful it was.
You can read the text of AnnMarie’s speech here: http://www.caledoniawakeupcall.com/news/oct15%20annemarie.html
You can read the text of Mary-Lou LaPratte’s speech here:
The above picture of my ‘heroes’ was taken after the march. I was videotaping their speeches, so I wasn’t able to take snapshots. Their words will be included in my next movie, MARCH FOR FREEDOM – Part II.
We heard some serious warnings from an undercover officer who happens to be native. Christine McHale, seen here with husband, Gary, after the march, read a letter from a private investigator who happens to be a native. The letter explained why the Warriors are as dangerous as any other organized criminal or terrorist group.
I will be including video of Christine’s reading in MARCH FOR FREEDOM II.
MPP Toby Barrett spoke about the effects of the crisis on people, and the need for law and order. I didn’t get Toby’s speech on tape as I was assisting with some organizational details, but I did hear him describe how some of Caledonia’s residents and business people break down in tears when he asks them how they feel.
I also recall that he spoke at length about his desire that the occupiers leave the DCE land, and his suggestion the land be placed in ‘trust’ until the land claim issue is settled in court.
During the entire event I did not witness a single incident where a McHale/March supporter made any racial slurs against native peoples as a group. I later mentioned this to a reporter after the march was over, and he agreed with me wholeheartedly. The reality is that a large group of average, ordinary, law-abiding citizens came out to peacefully protest against their police and their government. All the fear-mongering done by the OPP and the Ontario government was proven to be unwarranted.
The people of Caledonia definitely support Gary McHale and the March for Freedom. During the speeches, McHale made a point of asking the crowd how many of them were from Caledonia, and how many of them appreciated people from Richmond Hill coming to help them. The crowd went nuts with cheers and applause. It sent chills down my spine.
We saw the security fence and cameras at the school adjoining the stolen land designed to protect the children from the criminals.
Gary McHale did NOT lead the marchers to the occupied land as implied by the London Free Press via a headline the next day that said, “OPP stare down marchers.” This headline was accompanied by a photo of McHale walking in front of the people, the implication being that McHale led the people to the barricades in an attempt to provoke an incident. The rest of the article does nothing to dispel this fiction.
In fact, McHale never got within 1km of the OPP barricades where some twits were later arrested for trying to breach the line. I know where McHale was because I was beside him the whole time once we had left the school property. He turned to go back to the Lion’s Club Park along the same route we had taken to get there. The majority of the marchers, however, decided to continue up to Argyle street (the main street through town) because it was shorter to get home. This was made easier because the OPP hadn’t set out barriers blocking the way despite having agreed on the march route with McHale beforehand. Why not? You’ll have to ask the OPP.
When asked by some in the remaining crowd if he was going to follow them, McHale replied that he was going to do what he promised the OPP he would do, which was to return to the Lion’s park using the same route. At that point, the ‘march’ was over.
A small group of us walked with McHale and his wife all the way back to the park where he did several interviews. During the trek back, one TV crew asked him, “What would you do about the OPP?” McHale replied, “If it was up to me, I’d fire the top 100 officers.” They then asked, “What do think WILL happen?” to which a very quick-witted McHale said, “I think there’s going to be a lot of early retirements in the next six months.” Everyone, including the camera crew, had a good laugh at what will probably turn out to be a most insightful prediction by the March for Freedom leader.
In fairness to the London Free Press, despite their misleading headline/photo/reporting, they did include excerpts from the speeches made by Toby Barrett, Anne-Marie VanSickle and Mary-Lou LePratte. Thank you for that.
The March for Freedom accomplished everything Gary McHale had hoped for. If anyone is under the illusion that McHale was disappointed with any aspect of the March for Freedom, please allow me to disabuse you of that notion right now.
McHale’s only goals for the march were to get the media and the politicians to pay attention to Caledonia and Ipperwash; to begin to shine a light on the OPP and their culpability in creating and perpetuating a Two Tier justice system; and to – hopefully – begin a grass-roots movement that will never again allow our politicians to abandon law abiding citizens to gangsters. On all three counts, McHale was spectacularly successful despite the constant attempts to silence and belittle him and the march by the OPP, the criminals and politicians at every level of government.
The fact is that if you were involved in trying to stop McHale and the March for Freedom (sorry for the language) – you got your ass kicked on Sunday and you deserved every bit of it.
The March for Freedom is a beginning, not an end. In my movie, MARCH FOR FREEDOM, I warned that October 15, 2006 was not the ‘end’ of anything; The fight against Two Tier justice is just getting started, and plans are already being made for the next skirmish.
IN SUMMARY, if you were relying on mainstream media outlets for news about the march after it was over you were probably missing a lot. They all seemed content to file their predictable stories about how 20,000 people didn’t show up as Gary had “expected,” and how a couple of yahoos got arrested – AFTER the march was over. They seemed to miss the real story – the courage of two women speaking up for all law-abiding citizens who have suffered at the hands of Caledonia & Ipperwash criminals, demanding that our police and our politicians act to protect justice and democracy against evil.
It certainly appeared to me, based on the news coverage that I saw, that the media didn’t quite grasp the historical significance of the day, that history has been altered by one man and his wife, armed only with a computer, a sense of justice and a lot of courage.
Now, there’s a story!
Make sure you see my movie: ‘MARCH FOR FREEDOM: The struggle to restore equal justice in Ontario, Canada’
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