Police Services Board calls McKenzie Meadows demonstrators “terrorists”

By Haldimand Press Staff

CALEDONIA—Directly following their September 23, 2020 meeting, the Haldimand County Police Services Board released a five-page letter outlining their concerns with how the OPP has handled the demonstration at McKenzie Meadows in Caledonia, asserting that the self-titled land defenders are “now by legal definition terrorists” and that the OPP policy being used “fails to address lawlessness as it occurs.”

In response, the 1492 Land Back Lane Twitter posted the following day, “Discussions from this meeting of the Haldimand Police Services Board are deeply troubling and alarming. The Board must be accountable for their words and actions which direct violence towards Skyler Williams, our camp, and entire community. Their statement is an attempt to direct police to take the most extreme enforcement tactics against our community.”

Williams was named directly in the letter over a dozen times. The Board pointed to Christie Blatchford’s description of him as “violent” in her book Helpless on the 2006 Douglas Creek Estates situation and questioned if Williams is truly supported by the Haudenosaunee traditional chiefs and community. However, on August 15, 2020 the Haudenosaunee Confederacy made a statement in support of steps “taken by Haudenosaunee people to protect our lands, rights, and interests”.

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