Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 21, 2020

Trudeau sends SWAT team to end Montreal rail blockade, says all blockades must come down

Live from CBC:

Mohawk rail blockade

On Twitter this hour, the St Lambert rail blockade said: A line of police are advancing on us, and then, "Its over for now, glad other people have lasted longer than we did." This comes after Trudeau announced that all rail blockades must come down now, on Friday afternoon. Immediately, a SWAT Team was dispatched to St Lambert rail blockade in south Montreal. Friday 11 pm

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs met with Mohawks at Tyendinaga and issued a statement earlier today.
Now, a SWAT Team has the St. Lambert Rail Blockade surrounded. Time: 4 pm Friday.
Prime Minister Trudeau said just now in a press conference: "The barricades must come down now."
Trudeau said the possibility of an Oka situation developing had been one reason for the delayed action in regards to the rail blockades.
At the rail blockades, Wet'suwet'en Solidarity said at 4 pm, "There is a line of 8 cops with batons down the tracks."
"Many cops in area, streets currently blocked."

CBC reports at 4 p.m. on Friday, "Longueuil police closed St-Georges Street, which crosses the train tracks near a rail blockade on Montreal's South Shore on Friday afternoon.
"Clad in black ski masks, several officers are standing in a semicircle near the makeshift encampment and media has been pushed back from the site. A mobile command post is also parked nearby, with about a dozen other police officers milling around it.

"The protesters have been told to leave the site by 5 p.m."
Trudeau press conference video:

In the news:
“The barricades must now come down. The injunctions must be obeyed, and the law must be upheld,” Trudeau said, adding later in French that it would be “lamentable” if police need to step in to clear the blockades.

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