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Ontario police arrest First Nations protesters amid standoff with Canada government over pipeline

Ontario police arrest First Nations protesters amid standoff with Canada government over pipeline

Police in Ontario arrested 10 people and dismantled the Tyendinaga Mohawk blockade that had shut down much of Canada’s rail traffic for the past two weeks, but the battle over a pipeline going through indigenous lands continues. Mohawks set up barricades on the Canadian Pacific railway track on February 8, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs over in British Columbia, who are protesting efforts to build a natural gas pipeline through the land they claim. They demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau order the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) out of their territory before any negotiations can begin. Ten people were arrested on Monday morning as Ontario Provincial Police began clearing up the blockade, which had crippled Canada’s freight and passenger traffic for the past two weeks. Other protesters set up short-term blockades on roads and bridges throughout Canada, including a border crossing with the US at Niagara Falls at one point. Mohawks responded to the…
Source: Ontario police arrest First Nations protesters amid standoff with Canada government over pipeline

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