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Caledonia begins road to normality

Natalie Pona
Toronto Sun
Thursday, May 25, 2006

[SISIS note: The following mainstream news article is provided for reference only, as an example of how mainstream media treats indigenous resistance to genocide. Mainstream media often presents biased and distorted information, lacking pertinent facts and/or context. Inclusion of this article on our site should not be considered an endorsement by SISIS.]

Restored calm and hydro are two signs Caledonia has begun its return to everyday life after explosive scenes played out on the town's main road this week.

OPP were still in town yesterday monitoring the situation, said spokesman Const. Paula Wright.

"It's been calm and there are no new developments," she said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Argyle St. reopened, ending a tense Six Nations blockade and subsequent counter-protest by town residents.

Anger had raged out of control at the scene on Monday, with residents refusing to allow cars to pass and Six Nations members digging up a portion of the road.

Fist fights and screaming matches broke out between the sides, nearly 1,000 strong together.

During Monday's violence, a fire set at a transformer station caused an outage that left nearly 8,000 residents without power.

Hydro One spokesman Daffyd Roderick said power was restored to all customers by noon yesterday.

But the transformer is still in need of repair and will cost an estimated $1.5 million, he said.

The month-long native blockade was to protect a housing development Six Nations members claim is being built on their land. The residents set up another protest down the road, claiming native action was bankrupting local businesses and disrupting their lives.

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