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Protesters block Hwy. 6 into Caledonia following OPP arrests at residential development

Last Updated Aug 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm EDT

Protesters have set up a blockade on Argyle Street in Caledonia. Photo courtesy CHCH

Protesters blocked a section of Highway 6 in Caledonia after provincial police removed several demonstrators from a residential development near the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve.

Dozens of police descended on the McKenzie Meadows site Wednesday morning to enforce a court injunction obtained late last week after members of the Six Nations had been camped out at the Caledonia development for weeks.

The development had previously been approved by the Six Nations of the Grand River elected council, however, the demonstrators – who are members of the hereditary council – say they do not recognize the authority of the elected band council.

The demonstrators say the land for the proposed development was not legally obtained but a statement posted on July 24 by Six Nations leaders said they had been accommodated for the two residential developments by Ballantry Homes with both money and additional lands transferred to the reserve.

According to the OPP, the injunction was read aloud and delivered to demonstrators and those that failed to comply were subsequently arrested.

Police did not say how many people were taken into custody.

Following the arrests, the protesters – who call themselves Land Defenders – moved to Argyle Street where several tire fires were seen burning. Some protesters were seen climbing on top of OPP cruisers as they demanded police back away.

The Highway 6 Caledonia Bypass was closed in both directions between Greens Road and Haldimand 4th Line.