More than 50 OPP officers were observed at the site of a relocated blockade Monday night. OPP said it removed "debris" from the roadway around 11 p.m. (David Ritchie) Police are trying to dismantle a blockade the day after Six Nations protesters moved it to Highway 6 in Caledonia.
Ontario Provincial Police said Monday night around 11 p.m. that "debris" was being cleared and no one was arrested. No arrests in relation to roadblocks in Caledonia . Debris is being cleared. Contact OPP Prov. Liaison Team or 1-888-310-1122 Kanonhstaton pic.twitter.com/m8VKgel58U — @OPP_News Tuesday morning, OPP said the Highway 6 bypass remains closed and that officers remain on scene and are working to "expedite the removal of debris and reopen Highway 6."
Const. Rod LeClair said that police asked the protesters to leave on Monday night.
"There was a verbal interaction and police requested them to leave, which they eventually did," he said.
LeClair said Six Nations Police assisted with the Monday night operation as it was "traffic that went through their area." Hours after blockade relocation
On Monday afternoon, Six Nations protesters had moved their demonstration and blockade from Argyle Street South in Caledonia to Highway 6 and Sixth Line in Caledonia.
Citing public safety, Ontario Provincial Police said Monday they’d closed Highway 6 between Argyle Street North and Greens Road, and Sixth Line between Argyle Street South and Oneida Road.
But by 11 p.m. Monday, more than 50 OPP officers were seen removing the items that formed the blockade from the road, according to freelance photographer David Ritchie, whose breaking news photographs and video CBC News frequently purchases. 50+ OPP officers including tactical units are forcing native protesters off of Hwy 6 Bypass in Caledonia . Debris being cleared from roadway pic.twitter.com/dI4YnKh7Y8 — @Media371 The blockade began on August 10, when members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy blocked Argyle Street in Caledonia.
The protestors are dissatisfied with actions taken by the province to turn over former Burtch Correctional Facility land to the Six Nations band council rather than the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the traditional government, activist Doreen Silversmith said in an earlier CBC interview.
The activists said Monday that they’d relocated the blockade in "an effort to apply pressure on Canada."
"We the people of Kanonhstaton have successfully removed the barricade on Argyle Street in an effort to unify the people of Six Nations and relieve pressure on our people and the residents of Caledonia," they said in a statement Monday.
"We have also erected a barricade on Highway 6 bypass in an effort to apply pressure on Canada to return to the negotiation table," they continued.
The Six Nations group has listed several demands, most aimed at the Ontario government, but one directed at the Six Nations elected band council.
With files from Laura Clementson
Police dismantling blockade on Highway 6 in Caledonia
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