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Police arrest two people for allegedly violating injuction in Caledonia, Ont.

TORONTO — Police say they arrested two people Saturday for allegedly violating a court injunction and entering disputed land in Caledonia, Ont.

Haldimand County OPP say a 34-year-old and 31-year-old from Guelph, Ont., were arrested and charged with mischief and disobeying a court order.

The McKenzie Meadows residential development has been the site of demonstrations since July 19.

Demonstrators say the land is theirs and the development violates the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee people.

The Haudenosaunee — a group that includes the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora First Nations — are also known as the Iroquois or the Six Nations, and were involved in a similar land dispute in 2006.

Earlier this week, an Indigenous journalist and a Six Nations researcher were arrested in relation to the occupation of the disputed land and vowed to fight the charges.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 4, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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