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Canada Driver who plowed through Albert Street human blockade was 'fearful': Regina Police Service

22:31  11 february  2020
22:31  11 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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  Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a row Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a rowOn its website, the company said none of its trains will operate until a blockade at a level rail crossing in Tyendinaga Township is resolved. A small group of protesters have blocked the rail line in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, whose members are protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: One car pushed through the Albert Street bridge, where a human blockade was set up, showing solidarity and support for those in Wet'suwet'en on Saturday afternoon. © Bryan Eneas/CBC One car pushed through the Albert Street bridge, where a human blockade was set up, showing solidarity and support for those in Wet'suwet'en on Saturday afternoon.

Regina Police Service has identified the person responsible for driving a car through a human blockade that was set up on the Albert Street bridge on Saturday. 

Those gathered on the bridge were there as part of a national day of solidarity with those in Wet'suwet'en First Nation, where people are opposed to a pipeline project being built on traditional territory. 

A Regina Police spokesperson said the driver contacted the communications centre and met with officers to discuss the situation. 

"Initially the crowd opened up a bit but then closed around the car," the spokesperson said. "The protesters were pounding on his car and threw coffee through his open sunroof. He had a child in the car and was fearful." 

Police said the man drove through the crowd at idling speed until he was clear of the group. Nobody was injured in the incident. 

"He recognized that all this could have been avoided had he turned around, but he did not," the spokesperson said. 

A dozen protesters still blocking CN rails in Saint-Lambert despite injunction .
The Mont-Saint-Hilaire line is the second commuter train route to be disrupted in the greater Montreal region. Longueuil police are keeping watch on the blockade but have not moved in to dismantle it or try to remove the protesters by force, as suggested by the premier. Protesters are there in a show of solidarity for Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in BC, who are against a pipeline passing through traditional territory. The Mont-Saint-Hilaire line is the second commuter train route to be disrupted in the greater Montreal region.

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