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Local camera crew claims assault at Caledonia site

CBC News:
Last updated Jun 9 2006 02:43 PM EDT

[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.]

A camera crew with a television station in Hamilton was allegedly assaulted Friday at the site of a land dispute in nearby Caledonia.

CHTV officials say the two men were filming as part of daily coverage of the standoff when the incident occurred, but it was not clear how or why it happened.

One of the men was taken to a nearby hospital with a head injury, station managing producer Debbie Walker told the Canadian Press.

The camera operator himself was apparently well enough to follow the ambulance to the hospital.

"They were doing nothing that warranted an unprovoked attack," said Walker, who added no details.

Ontario Provincial Police at the site said an investigation has started but no charges have been laid.

Caledonia has been the site of intense media coverage after a group of Six Nations protesters from the Grand River Territory moved on to a construction site in the town on Feb. 28, claiming the land was theirs as part of an 18th-century treaty.

That set off a chain of events that led to a blocking of a major access road by the protesters and a counter-protest by local non-native residents.

The native road blockade was eventually removed and the native protesters have stayed on the housing site.

With files from Canadian Press

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