Canada The Army Breaks the Barriers

After another Mohawk skirmish, the troops move in

In the garbled dialogue between conflicting cultures, mutual trust is essential -- and it has been sorely lacking in the seven-week impasse between Mohawk Indians and Canadian authorities. Late last week, just as a possible resolution of the standoff appeared to be in sight, another factional skirmish broke out behind the barricades of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, near Oka, 18 miles west of Montreal. The incident was relatively minor: two Mohawk men were severely beaten with baseball bats by a group of members of the militant Mohawk Warriors Society. But it was enough to break the impasse. In response, Canadian...

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