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Going to get much, much worse’: Indigenous Manitobans react to arrests of Mohawk demonstrators – CBC

‘This is a very painful reminder of how much work we have to do … to fully protect and realize human rights’

Feb 24, 2020

Some Manitobans are concerned after Ontario Provincial Police moved in Monday on the rail blockade near Belleville, Ont., where Mohawks of Tyendinaga are demonstrating in solidarity with anti-pipeline activists in northern B.C.

Niigaan Sinclair, an associate professor in the University of Manitoba’s native studies department, is worried the situation could get “much, much worse” now that demonstrators are being arrested for blocking passenger and freight train traffic for more than two weeks.

“The video is pretty damning to watch. It’s a video of dozens of police officers armed to the teeth, lined up with paddy wagons, prepared to throw individuals who are standing on their own territory into them,” Sinclair said Monday morning.

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