Akwesasne Mohawk Standoff Continues into Third Day
by Buck Quigley - posted 4:18 pm, June 3, 2009
The Seaway International Bridge, or the Three Nations Crossing between Rooseveltown, New York and Cornwall, Ontario, Canada has been closed since midnight, May 31, when Canadian border officials left their posts after a confrontation with 400 Akwesasne Mohawks.
The Native Americans are protesting the arming of Canadian border guards with handguns. The new rule was to begin June 1. In keeping with international law, the American side of the bridge has closed as well.
At least one Canadian anti-terrorism expert recommends ignoring “threats from Mohawk militants.”
All sides are hoping for a peaceful resolution, but judging by the comments to these stories, tensions are high.
Here is a handy Web site showing few delays at US—Canada border crossings from sea to shining sea today, except for the conspicuously closed Cornwall Canadian Border Services Agency office.