Torch relay makes brief detour, heads deeper into Ontario
By Martha Worboy
A road blockade was set up by protesters leading up to the Oneida of the Thames reserve, an Oneida First Nation near London, Ont., where the flame was to make its 10th community appearance of the day.
“We will not visit Oneida as a faction of the community has pledged to disrupt the relay and prohibit us from entering the community,” the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games said in a news release.
VANOC made the decision in conjunction with the RCMP and the Ontario Provincial Police to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators would not be jeopardized in any way, according to Suzanne Reeves, director of communications for the Olympic flame relay.
Relay re-routed off Six Nations' Territory
By Alex Hundert
Runners had been expected to carry the torch down Highway 54 onto the reserve. Officials instead drove it to a local hall, where 25 torchbearers took turns running it around a circuit in the parking lot.
Protesters waving Mohawk Warrior and Iroquois Confederacy flags said the torch had no business on Six Nations land, which they consider sovereign territory.
But many more reserve members gathered at the hall to support the aboriginal torchbearers.