Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Caledonia, Ont., have arrested ‘several’ demonstrators who were occupying a residential development site on Wednesday.
Police say they assisted a sheriff with a court injunction, issued on Friday, to remove a group from the McKenzie Meadows site.
As a result of the arrests, demonstrators from Six Nations used tires and other objects to ignite a number of fires to block Argyle Street between Highway 6 and Braemar Avenue.
The demonstrators say they’re from Six Nations of the Grand River and are ‘defenders’ mobilizing to stop the development project on McKenzie Road.
A Facebook group — 1492 Land Back Lane — claims the site is one of several housing startups in the area that are directly violating the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee.
The collective is asking the development to stop claiming it infringes on Haudenosaunee territory.
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