Police Arrest Indigenous Land Defenders After Justin Trudeau Demands an End to Blockades

On February 24, 2020, shortly after the Ontario Provincial Police arrested Indigenous land defenders in Mohawk territory of Tyendinaga, I spoke to Indigenous lawyer, scholar and activist Pam Palmater.

In the interview, Pam argues that Justin Trudeau’s recent demand that the rail blockades be dismantled, which was swiftly followed by the OPP’s arrests, was an inappropriate and undue influence on law enforcement.

Pam also argues that Trudeau’s press conference on Friday of last week was replete with “propaganda” and that, whatever most Canadians may feel about the actions being taken in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, “human rights are not a popularity contest.”

Our discussion can be watched here:

2 Comments

  1. Dave Bleakney

    Thanks for putting this out, nice to have some real background about this colonial mess and some proper lessons about traditional systems of relations, sounds a little more kind and thoughtful than the British colonial system, great jog and does what media is supposed to do, get the facts and inform, how refreshing

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  2. David William Pear

    Thank you: https://www.opednews.com/articles/Police-Arrest-Indigenous-L-by-Dimitri-Lascaris-Indigenous-Americans_Indigenous-Genocide_Justin-Trudeau_Land-Rights-200227-522.html

    P.S. I am on extended travel, so it is hard to keep up with your posts. Keep’em coming though, you are one of my favorites.

    Regards, David

    On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 9:26 AM Dimitri Lascaris wrote:

    > dimitrilascaris posted: “On February 24, 2020, shortly after the Ontario > Provincial Police arrested Indigenous land defenders in Mohawk territory of > Tyendinaga, I spoke to Indigenous lawyer, scholar and activist Pam > Palmater. In the interview, Pam argues that Justin Trudeau’s re” >

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