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Oka in Perspetive
The Oka all started with a land dispute between the Mohawk Nation and the town of Oka, Quebec.
What happened was the mayor of Oka wanted to expand their golf course to attract more tourism, but the expansion plan was to go on top of the Mohawk’s burial grounds and their sacred grove of pine trees.
So they decided to do a protest against it.
It lasted from July 11th 1990 to September 26th 1990, which was 78 days.
What they first did was they made a barricade so the police wouldn't come in.
Eventually, the highways were being blocked as well and many citizens of Oka were upset.
So they called in SWAT to help stabilize the problem.
But the tear gas they threw came back at them and some were wounded.
Then the worst had happened, 15 minutes of continuous shots from guns, after that happened Corporal Marcel Lemay was dead.
Finally, after everything that happened the Mohawks casually walked out, but they got beaten up by the police and arrested.
In the end the mayor decided to cancel the project because of everything that just happened.
"Oka Crisis -." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 20 Apr. 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka_Crisis>.
"The Oka Crisis." Historica. 20 Apr. 2009 <http://www.histori.ca/peace/page.do?pageID=343>.
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