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“I was never so frightened in my entire life”: Excessive and dangerous police response during Mohawk land rights demonstrations on the Culbertson Tract

    May 30, 2011

    A new brief by the international human rights organization Amnesty International calls for an independent review of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) response to ongoing land rights protests in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

    The brief, based on extensive eye-witness interviews, access to information requests, and a review of court transcripts, demonstrates that the deployment of large numbers of heavily armed police, including snipers, and the aggressive tactics used, were not only excessive, but could easily have led to the loss of life.

    The brief calls for urgent action to ensure that key recommendations of the Ipperwash Inquiry are properly implemented by the provincial government and the OPP.

    Confirmed Speakers:          

    Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

    Larry Hay, former Chief of Police, Tyendinaga Mohawk Police Service

    Jim and Rhonda Kunkel, bystanders arrested at gunpoint during the April 2008 protests

    Nicole Storms, Tyendinaga community member, para-legal, and eyewitness

    Winston Brant, Tyendinaga community member, retired senior member of staff of Corrections Canada and eyewitness


    Tuesday 31 May 2:30 PM


    Ontario Legislature Media Studio
    Room 149 Legislative Bldg.
    Queen’s Park, Toronto

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332