Mohawk protesters continue to block trains along two of VIA Rail’s busiest routes in Ontario.
The blockade was organized by the Tyendinaga Mohawks in support of Wet’suwet’en land defenders in British Columbia who are resisting a Coastal Gaslink pipeline. The RCMP have been enforcing a court injunction and several arrests have made since Thursday, as they dismantle encampments in Wet’suwet’en territory.
The Mohawk protesters took over the tracks Thursday night, near Belleville, Ont.
According to Global News, VIA Rail cancelled 18 of its trains on Sunday, affecting service between Toronto and Montreal, as well as Toronto and Ottawa in both directions.
A CN Railway line was also blocked along the corridor east of Toronto.
CN Rail has obtained a court injunction to remove the protesters from the site.
The Tyendinaga Mohawks say no trains will pass through their lands until the RCMP gets out of Wet’suwet’en territory.
Ontario provincial police say they’re continuing to monitor the demonstration.
On Saturday, Wet’suwet’en supporters in Toronto blocked freight trains near Dupont Street and Bartlett Avenue and momentarily halted GO Transit trains on the Barrie line.