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Canada drops most charges against Mohawk activist


A Mohawk activist who helped organize a protest in Ontario last year walked free after government prosecutors dropped all but one charge against him.

Shawn Brant, who is from the Six Nations Reserve, was facing a 12-year prison sentence. But revelations that the Ontario Provincial Police spied on him complicated the case.

Brant organized the blockade of a Canadian National rail line on July 29, 2007, a day of Native protests across Canada. Native protesters are currently blocking a highway in Saskatchewan over a disputed oil pipeline.

Get the Story:
Mohawk protester Brant gets light penalty for blockades (CBC (/29)
Aboriginal protesters block Trans-Canada near Regina in dispute over pipeline (CBC 9/29)

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