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Monday, June 01, 2009

Michael Peeling, "U.S.-Canada border closed by Akwesasne protest of guns at crossing," Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, June 1, 2009.

CORNWALL - The Seaway International Bridge was shut down before midnight on Monday when the Canada Border Services Agency left their posts on Cornwall Island to avoid a violent confrontation with the Mohawks of Akwesasne over a contentious arming issue.

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Tim Thompson attempted to negotiate a compromise with officials as the June 1 deadline to arm the border agents with hand guns neared when, according to the grand chief, the CBSA decided to vacate the customs and immigration building at 11:50 p.m. "for their own personal safety."

  The community has filed numerous complaints of harassment and human rights abuses by particular border officials over the years and feels arming them would only increase the chance of violent confrontations.

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