February 24, 2020 / 1:56 PM / 3 months ago

Canadian police move in to clear indigenous blockade of Ontario rail line

TYENDINAGA, Ontario, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Police moved in on Monday morning to clear a rail blockade by an indigenous group in eastern Canada that had been stopping freight and passenger traffic for more than two weeks on one of the country’s busiest lines.

Canadian National Railway Co obtained an injunction against those preventing rail traffic from moving along its trunk line near Belleville, Ontario, on Feb. 7, but provincial police had taken a cautious approach until now.

Dozens of Ontario Provincial Police descended on the site of the rail blockade a little after 8 a.m. ET. At least one man was handcuffed and put into a police van, but there have been no scuffles. Police had given protesters a midnight deadline to move off the tracks.

The Tyendinaga Mohawk campaigners barricaded the line in solidarity with a British Columbia aboriginal band seeking to stop construction of a gas pipeline over its land.

Reporting by Chris Helgren, writing by Steve Scherer Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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