Canada police move to clear rail blockade at Tyendinaga – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters Canadian police have moved in to clear a key blockade that has stopped rail transport across the country.Members of the Mohawk First Nation erected the blockade in Tyendinaga, Ontario, in solidarity with another tribe’s conflict over a pipeline.It has cut off major cross-country train routes, and led to about 1,500 temporary layoffs…

Canada police move to clear rail blockade at Tyendinaga – BBC News

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Canadian police have moved in to clear a key blockade that has stopped rail transport across the country.Members of the Mohawk First Nation erected the blockade in Tyendinaga, Ontario, in solidarity with another tribe’s conflict over a pipeline.It has cut off major cross-country train routes, and led to about 1,500 temporary layoffs and supply shortages.The conflict began over opposition to a pipeline, but it is also about broader issues like indigenous land rights. Police are enforcing a court injunction that was ordered earlier this month on behalf of CN Rail.They arrested 10 people on Monday morning. All have been charged and released from police custody.The blockade was erected on 6 February in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who had been trying to stop construction of a gas pipeline through their traditional territory in British Columbia.On Friday, Justin Trudeau said the blockades “must come down and the [court] injunctions much be obeyed and the law must be upheld”.Police have up until now avoided using force. Members of the Mohawk nation met Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on Friday, and reiterated their solidarity. Mohawk representatives say they will end the blockade only if the RCMP completely leave Wet’suwet’en territory.What is the background?The Coastal GasLink pipeline is a 670km (416 miles) project that would ship natural gas from north-eastern parts of BC to the coast.The C$6.6bn ($
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