UPDATE 1627 EST June 02/09: see CaledoniaWakeUpCall May 24/09 protest feature page for links, photos, video and text of speeches.
UPDATED 1000 EST June 01/09: Click on photo below to see video footage of Sgt. Carter lying to protest organizer Merlyn Kinrade as to why non-natives were not allowed to put up Canadian flags. Also includes a short clip from an illegal Hagersville occupation in which Carter threatens to sue CANACE videographer Jeff Parkinson. Carter was present while two OPP officers – later charged with Mischief thanks to Parkinson and Gary McHale – helped natives build a barricade to keep out the legal owner. See, ‘Thank you, Jeff Parkinson!’
“If I feel that way and I think that way, it makes it so.”
In ‘OPP line up to stop Canadian flag raising,’ regarding the May 24/09 protest in Caledonia, I related how Sgt. Carter blamed the lack of a deal allowing us to put up a flag on the arrest of Randy Fleming, a resident who was brutally taken down by the OPP for daring to calmly walk onto the Douglas Creek Estates (provincially-owned land) holding a Canadian flag. Carter blamed Fleming’s actions on Kinrade, and told him the deal he originally offered (that Kinrade would be allowed to put up a flag on another day) was off because of the arrest.
- VoiceofCanada, May 26/09: OPP line up to stop Canadian flag raising
- VoiceofCanada, May 26/09: VoC speech: Lessons from Dr. King and the Little Rock Nine
Not true! The REAL reason for not respecting the rights of non-natives, as it turns out, is that the OPP went, cap in hand, to the natives occupying DCE who outright refused to grant us ‘permission’ to exercise our right to put up flags.
Racists make threats against non-natives to OPP!
The DCE occupiers not only refused to ‘allow’ non-natives to raise flags, but went even further by threatening to directly interfere with our rights by breaching the peace should the OPP allow us to do so against their wishes. How do we know?
We can thank the native newspaper Tekawennake for exposing the threats in a story called, ‘Merlyn’s Flag Fiasco,’ a story they obviously thought showed how ‘heroic’ the DCE racists were in defeating the evil non-natives. One of the story’s ‘heroes’ was none other than Ruby Montour (facing a charge of Mischief for blockading a development site) who was quoted in this paragraph:
“Initially we just thought that with your approval, and it wouldn’t make too much of a problem, for him to put up a Canadian flag on the other side and leave again because I’m tired of being the flag police,” said Carter. The Six Nations overwhelming response was no, the flag was not going to be hung across from the site. Carter then tried to negotiate an area between the makeshift Caledonia border and the DCE site as to where the flags could be hung. His inquiries were met with numerous concerns from those on site. “We’ve given enough, this is confrontational. “How many flags do we need over there for them to say they got a flag on the reserve,” said Ruby Montour. “This is confrontational and we are going to answer the call. They are trying to instigate our people.”
Tekawennake News, May 27/09: Merlyn’s Flag Fiasco REPRINT
OPP meekly comply with native demands to violate our rights
The OPP simply complied with the demand by natives to deny us our rights instead of informing them that they would be arrested should they follow through with their threat to breach the peace if we raised flags. Instead of telling the truth to Merlyn Kinrade they blamed the refusal to respect our rights on Randy Fleming’s arrest.
I have reviewed video of Randy Fleming’s protest and arrest, and I am as disgusted as those who can be heard in the background watching the event unfold in front of them. The contrast between the brutal OPP treatment of a non-native man threatening no one with his flag, and the deferential ass-kissing of racist natives making threats against peaceful non-natives is nothing short of disgusting.
Non-natives do not need ‘permission’ from natives to exercise their rights, and vice versa. Our rights are NOT negotiable. Carter should have told Montour and company that his force had a duty to protect them, and that they would be arrested if they interfered or made further threats.
Thanks to Erin Tully of the Tekawennake News!
Many thanks to the Teka. Not only did you provide the valuable information that exposed the DCE occupiers as the racists they are, you also helped us expose (once again) how the OPP take their orders from native protesters instead of the Police Services Act. Well done, Erin!
New protests being planned
The OPP willingness to brutally take down non-native protesters under the directions of racist thugs is an outrageous, blatant abuse of non-native rights, and it must be vigorously opposed. New protests are being planned. For now, we must allow the illegal conduct of the natives and OPP to sink in with the public. This has already begun thanks to the Teka, the Spec, the Sachem and the Regional News:
- Regional News Comment, Bill Jackson, May 27/09: Complaining while doing nothing – the Canadian way? (a MUST-READ!)
- Tekawennake News, May 27/09: Merlyn’s Flag Fiasco REPRINT
- Hamilton Spectator, May 25/09: OPP stop man from raising Canadian flag PDF
- Regional News, May 27/09: Provoking Violence? Lessons from Dr. King and the Little Rock Nine
- Regional News, May 27/09: Flag raising event fulfils mandate of organizers
- Regional News, May 27/09: Letter – Police went completely over the top
- Regional News, May 27/09: County requested Six Nations approval for special event
- Regional News, May 27/09: Letter – I weep for my community
- The Sachem, May 29/09: Police block Canadian flag raising: Group wants its right to erect Canadian flag on public property…but police can’t guarantee safety
‘Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them’
There’s a book with that title out there somewhere, something to do with American politics. Or, I could simply pose the question: When is the OPP going to stop lying to non-natives? WHEN??? When are these instruments of racist thugs going to simply tell the truth for once?
Mark Vandermaas, Editor