Tyendinaga Mohawks continue to block trains near Belleville, Ont

Tyendinaga rail blockade day 4. Photo: Real Peoples Media/Facebook.

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.

Justin Trudeau met by protesters at Labour Day parade in Hamilton

Grassy Narrows supporters protest against Trudeau government in Hamilton

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh were all in Hamilton Ont, on Monday to woo workers at Labour Day events.

Trudeau participated in the annual Labour Day parade there, Singh took part in the annual Labour Day picnic, and Scheer attended the Labour Day classic football game between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Toronto Argonauts.

While Trudeau was marching alongside the Liuna Local 837 union during the parade he was confronted by a group of anarchists, Marxists and indigenous protesters.

The protesters stopped the parade and standoff with security ensued. Many of the demonstrators were carrying water protector signs, and some called for more action for sufferers of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

The Trudeau government has promised a specialized mercury treatment facility for the community.

He was also jeered by workers who feel he had no place there.

The protesters stood in the parade path, after an impasse of about 45 minutes, Trudeau appeared to leave the event. But he joined the union group again a block later. The protesters continued to follow Trudeau and heckled him until he left.

All three federal party leaders were in Hamilton to gear up for the national election scheduled for this fall.

Grassy Narrows is about 100 kilometres northeast of Kenora.