Sep 10th, 2008
On September 2, a group of anarchists blockaded transport infrastructure in Guelph, Ontario, in solidarity with Six Nations resisters and to strike a blow against the system.
The action was spurred by the Sep. 1 arrests of indigenous Six Nations protesters opposing a development project on their land.
The Guelph actions saw burning tires and branches used to blockade the southbound lanes of Highway 6 at Paisley. A banner reading “Repression in Six Nations, Repression at home, Solidarity” was hung across the trainbridge that crosses the highway, and the tracks were blocked with copper wire and burning tires. In an anonymous communiqué, the activists said:
“We chose to place the blockades during morning rush hour to achieve maximum economic disruption. We targeted the shipment of goods and the flow of commuters to cause damage to local industry, such as Linamar Corp, the largest employer in Guelph. The CEO of Linamar sits on the advisory board of the (North American) Security and Prosperity Partnership which is creating intensified and harmonized border security, police control and surveillance; increasing the flow of goods; and is crucial for the implementation of the most devastating resource extraction projects such as the tar sands and uranium mining. These projects, like all capitalist projects, are further diminishing the possibility of autonomous and free lives for anyone.”