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McGuinty says time for Caledonia blockades to come down

CBC News:
Last Updated Mon, 12 Jun 2006 22:35:57 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.]

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has called an end to negotiations with native protesters and says it's time they take down their barricades at a housing development site in Caledonia. 

McGuinty said clashes over the weekend are a sign it's time to bring the standoff to an end.

"A condition of our being at the table was that public safety would not be compromised," the premier told reporters in Toronto. "We are no longer prepared to continue negotiations."

Police issued seven warrants after a series of assaults in recent days. On Monday, McGuinty said the province would only return to the table when the barricades are down. 

He also said the native community must help with the search for seven people wanted in connection with recent skirmishes. 

The warrants were issued after an elderly couple's car was swarmed.  In another incident, two news camera operators with CH television in Hamilton were assaulted.

The dispute, over the ownership of a parcel of land, has pitted members of the Six Nations reserve against a development company. 

But it's raised tempers among local non-natives and has forced the province and the federal government to bring in mediators.

McGuinty didn't say what he will do if the barricades don't come down. He said simply, "We'll see."  

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