Tyendinaga Mohawks launch temporary rail blockade on main line between Toronto, Montreal

December 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Americas

About three dozen Mohawks from Tyendinaga blocked the main rail line between Toronto and Montreal for several hours Sunday in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement.

The move forced CN to suspend all rail traffic along the line.

The blockade stranded about 2,000 passengers, said VIA Rail in a statement to media.

This was the same rail line, between Belleville, Ont., and Napanee, Ont., shut down in 2007 for almost 12 hours by the Mohawks as part of a planned national day of action.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about Chief Spence and everyone else dying,” said Tom Maracle, a Mohawk from Tyendinaga, at the blockade.

Maracle, however, issued a warning.

“This is peaceful. The next one won’t be,” he said.

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