By KATHY RUMLESKI, FREE PRESS REPORTER
A protest over a disputed "smoke shack" at the end of
The clash, at the south end of
A lawyer for one of the injured men, Gary McHale of
But the OPP said in a release that protesters approached the
Lawyer John Findlay said McHale was treated in hospital and released after being "swarmed by about five or six people," suffering bruised ribs, face and foot injuries.
He said the incident was captured on videotape and McHale is considering legal action.
The protest against the smoke shack was not organized by his client and began peacefully,
OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino vowed in the release that the force, "will seek every legal remedy possible to end this madness and to bring them (protesters) to justice."
"These incidents, where interlopers put their personal agendas over those who are striving for a permanent and lasting resolution will not be tolerated," said Fantino, a former
"They indicate they're investigating it . . . but nobody believes the municipality anymore and nobody believes the OPP."
Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer could not be reached for comment last night.
Police are asking anyone with photos or video of yesterday's disturbance to call 1-888-310-1122.