Hamilton musician Tom Wilson says he was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Wednesday after visiting the McKenzie Meadows web site in Caledonia, Ont., to ship meals and carry out for households.
The Junkhouse and Lee Harvey Osmond frontman was featured on a Twitter stay stream for the Indigenous present One Dish, One Mic and mentioned his arrest was “fascinating” and a primary after “61 years of being free … from any issues with the legislation.”
“At this time, the OPP confirmed up and served me papers.”
Wilson says his arrest was tied to a go to to a disputed development web site in Caledonia that has been occupied for months by a gaggle from Six Nations that identifies itself as “land defenders.”
The location has been dubbed “1492 Land Again Lane” and its occupants say it’s on Haudenosaunee territory that was by no means legally signed away to the Crown.
For weeks now, the OPP has been making arrests in reference to the occupation primarily based on two court docket injunctions granted to Foxgate Developments which can be at the moment in impact and prohibit anybody from being on the property.
“I went with a couple of different musicians to carry out for the households that have been there. So I assume that in Canada that’s unlawful now. In order that’s how my day form of began,” Wilson mentioned on the stay stream.
Wilson went on to say that politicians should put reconciliation “in play” with regard to Indigenous communities and native governments like Haldimand County ought to cease describing individuals defending their land as “terrorists.”
Additionally arrested on Wednesday was Tahnee Williams, spouse of Skyler Williams, spokesperson for the “land defenders.”
In a social media put up, the 1492 Land Again Lane occupiers mentioned Tahnee Williams was arrested for mischief and disobeying a court docket order.
Thus far, the OPP have arrested over 30 individuals related with the occupation since early August, together with Skyler Williams, who continues to be wished on excellent prices.
Hours after the arrests on Wednesday, Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt posted on social media a letter despatched by municipal councillors to the lawyer common asking for the Crown to be extra “aware” of releases following bail hearings.
Hewitt claims the occupation has “negatively impacted” the popularity of the county and known as latest releases of accused McKenzie Meadows occupiers a “catch and launch” course of that permits people to re-offend.
“Some seem to have been re-arrested for failing to adjust to the unique launch order and launched once more,” the letter mentioned.
“As soon as launched, many have instantly returned to the occupation web site and resumed their prison exercise,” the mayor mentioned.
Final week a Superior Court docket choose prolonged two injunctions related with the event.
Justice John Harper mentioned each the injunction on the McKenzie Street web site and one other injunction prohibiting roadblocks in Haldimand County will stay in place till the subsequent court docket date on Oct. 22.
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