AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck
First Nations Idle No More protesters hold hands and dance in a circle during a demonstration at the Douglas-Peace Arch crossing on the Canada-U.S. border near Surrey, British Columbia, on Saturday Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Idle No More Compared to 'Bacteria' in Internal RCMP Document


Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) is reporting that a high-ranking Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) official described the Idle No More movement as "like bacteria" in a 2012 brief.

“This Idle No More Movement is like bacteria, it has grown a life of its own all across this nation,” wrote RCMP Cpl. Wayne Russett in a site report filed on December 24, 2012 from Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's camp. Russett was serving as the Aboriginal liaison for the national capital region.

At the time, Spence was on a self-imposed liquids-only hunger strike. The document was designated “for law enforcement only” and titled “Chief Spense’s Hunger Strike and the Idle No More Movement (sic)”.

In the document, Russett speculated that "we could see flash mobs, round dances and blockades become much less compliant to laws in an attempt to get their point across,” and that “the escalation of violence is ever near.”

For more on the report, read the full story at the APTN National News website.

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