CP obtains injunction to end Kahnawake rail blockade as new protest pops up in Sherbrooke
Published Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:13PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:09PM EST
MONTREAL -- Canadian Pacific Railway has obtained an injunction to end a blockade that began in early February in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, south of Montreal.
A spokeswoman for the court says the injunction was granted today by Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel A. Pinsonnault.
On Monday, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake had commended CP Rail and the Quebec government for its patience over the past two weeks and for avoiding seeking an injunction.
Chief Peacekeeper Dwayne Zacharie has previously said he would not enforce an injunction on his own people.
The blockaded line is used for freight traffic as well as commuter rail service between Montreal and several communities to the south, which was interrupted as of Feb. 10.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake said on Tuesday it may challenge CP Rail's injunction.
Grand Chief Joseph Norton said in a statement that the council is considering all its options in response to the injunction.
BLOCKADE POPS UP IN SHERBROOKE
Another blockade popped up in Quebec early Tuesday as protesters descended on a rail line in Sherbrooke, about 150 kilometres east of Montreal, but officers quickly arrested those involved.
About 20 people, their faces covered, had set up along a rail line in the city's Lennoxville district. The protesters blocked the tracks and put up signs saying they were supporting hereditary chiefs from Wet'suwet'en First Nation, who are opposed to a natural gas pipeline on their traditional lands.