Roads have been blocked and tires set on fire after Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrests of Six Nations people protesting a housing development site sparked shutdowns of Argyle Street and Sixth Line just outside Caledonia and along the Highway 6 bypass.
Dozens of OPP officers moved in to remove about a dozen people from the McKenzie Meadows housing development site in south Caledonia Monday morning around 10 a.m. OPP cruisers lined Sixth Line and blocked the road running to the housing development.
In response, some Six Nations people shut down the Hwy. 6 bypass that encircles the town of Caledonia and police shut down a portion of Argyle Street in Caledonia between Sixth Line Road and Braemar Ave.
A number of Six Nations people set fire to a large tire at the base of the bridge, causing black smoke to billow across the sky which could be seen throughout Caledonia. More tires were lined up across Argyle Street near the Reclamation site and set on fire. OPP had closed the road at the Tim Hortons intersection heading into Caledonia.
Foxgate Developments, which plans to build 200 homes at the McKenzie Meadows site, had obtained an injunction to remove the protesters which was served last Friday.
The enforcement of the injunction and subsequent tire fire contains echoes of the 2006 Caledonia land reclamation that saw thousands of Six Nations people descend on the Douglas Creek Estates housing development site on April 20, 2006 after the OPP moved in on the protesters there.