UPDATE 1700 EST Sept 20/07: An OPP news release today says that only 9 were arrested during yesterday’s raid on the occupied Stirling Street development site in Caledonia. Other media reports had put the number as high as 18. The release also states that the OPP received assistance from the Hamilton Police Service, and not from the RCMP as reported here.
UPDATE 0233 EST Sept 20/07: See follow-up post, Who’s in charge – Six Nations Confederacy or Julian Fantino?
UPDATE 2350 EST Sept 19/07: This article reached #18 on the list of ‘Top Posts’ today on the WordPress system which consists of more than 1.4 million blogs.
UPDATE 1656 EST Sept 19/07: Reliable sources have reported to CaledoniaWakeUpCall that a plainclothes RCMP officer led OPP officers on a raid against the occupied Stirling Street construction site in Caledonia where Sam Gualtieri was assaulted, and arrested 13 natives. CWUC is also reporting that native leader Clyde Powless gave the go-ahead to the arrests. Why the OPP and RCMP needed Mr. Powless’ permission to enforce the law is not clear.
Yesterday, we were at the Stirling Street development site with Joe Gualtieri (brother of the man who was severely beaten by a gang of native thugs) for a news conference to announce that Joe would be speaking at our ‘Remember Us’ March on Oct 8th. Joe called on all politicians, townspeople and tradespeople to support the march. [dial-up] (See also Gary McHale re march. dial-up)
Afterwards, Joe told us the OPP had promised to provide security for his tradespeople beginning at 0900 today. Today, however, the OPP had not removed the native trespassers, so Joe told his workers to leave. A while later, the OPP asked all builders to vacate the site, but natives were allowed to remain. CaledoniaWakeUpCall then received reports from residents that natives were planting flags in various areas of Caledonia and starting fires.
At 1539 I received a copy of an email sent by a Caledonia resident to Mayor Marie Trainer and Haldimand Council:
Dear Mayor Trainer and Council,
It seems that the OPP have lost control of the situation on Stirling Woods. This would not be a problem if it were somewhere in the country but it is in the middle of Caledonia. There are homes right in the development, beside the development and a whole street of homes backing onto the development.
I was by there at about 2 p.m. and Stirling Street is blocked off starting just west of Shoppers Drug Mart. There are again natives on the Stirling Street overpass on the bypass with flags hanging down and two police cruisers watching them. I was on the street next to the development and spoke to a lady who said she saw what looked like swat team going onto the site through the homes. This is unacceptable since there are small children living in this area. Now apparently there are native women on Stirling Street but the residents are not allowed.
If ever we needed a force that can end this it is right now. The OPP seem to be either afraid to intervene or unwilling or both. Every time we get the MELT team and ART team and the natives get to stay. This is just stupid.
We need the RCMP here right now and if needed we need the army to come in and end this. If these criminals get killed it is due to their own making.
The blood of good Haldimand residents will be on the hands of this County and the Ontario Liberals if this not stopped.
Other residents have reported to CaledoniaWakeUpCall that helicopters have been seen overhead. We have dispatched people to try to verify these reports and capture images.
Help your neighbours by helping us document events
If you have witnessed any incidents, or you have photos/video, please send them to Gary McHale at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. DO NOT give original copies of evidence to the OPP without first making a copy and sending it to us; one of the biggest mistakes made by Ipperwash residents was turning over vital evidence to people and organizations they thought would help them only to discover that it was lost forever. One day the failures of the OPP and their Liberal masters will be explored and dissected in a courtroom, and your evidence will be needed.
Thank you for your help.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
- CWUC feature: Attack on Caledonia builder Sam Gualtieri
- VoiceofCanada, Sept 15/07: “OPP are aiding and abetting criminals and terrorists” – Caledonia resident
- VoiceofCanada, Sept 13/07: Caledonia man’s injuries on hands of McGuinty, Kwinter, Fantino and many, many others
- CWUC video, Sept 18/07: Joe Gualtieri to speak at ‘Remember Us’ March, asks town to support protest [dial-up]
- CWUC video, Sept 18/07: Gary McHale at news conference re Oct 8 ‘Remember Us’ March [dial-up]