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Canada Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters set up new Vancouver rail blockade, violating injunction

22:40  23 february  2020
22:40  23 february  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

Quebec is poised to dismantle St-Lambert rail blockade, Legault says

  Quebec is poised to dismantle St-Lambert rail blockade, Legault says QUEBEC — Premier François Legault says Quebec is ready to move in and dismantle the freshly installed St-Lambert railroad blockade . “There was an injunction requested,” Legault told reporters. “As soon as the injunction is granted we will dismantle.” Legault said the government feels having the police move in is legitimate because unlike Kahnawake , the land in question is not considered Indigenous territory. “Yes, there is a difference,” Legault said. “It is land that belongs to Quebec, it is not land that belongs to Indigenous peoples.” He said it will be up to local police force to apply the injunction.

a group of people walking down the street: Protesters stage on a rail line in East Vancouver on Feb. 23, 2020. © Justin Okines/Global News Protesters stage on a rail line in East Vancouver on Feb. 23, 2020.

Two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said rail blockades across Canada need to come down, a group of protesters have set up camp on a major train crossing in East Vancouver.

The demonstrators gathered at the CN Rail tracks near Clark Drive and Venables Street just before noon Sunday, violating an injunction the rail company was granted by B.C. Supreme Court the last time its tracks were blocked earlier this month.

READ MORE: Eyes now on Canadian police after Trudeau demands transport blockades torn down

The blockade is the latest act of solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through their traditional lands in northern B.C.

CN obtains injunction to dismantle rail blockade south of Montreal

  CN obtains injunction to dismantle rail blockade south of Montreal ST-LAMBERT, Que. — Canadian National Railway says it has received a court injunction to end a rail blockade in a suburb south of Montreal. CN spokesman Olivier Quenneville confirmed the railway received the court order Thursday. Quebec Premier Francois Legault said earlier in the day police would dismantle the blockade in St-Lambert as soon as an injunction was granted. The premier told reporters that because the blockade is not on First Nations  land, it is easier for the government to take action. The blockade erected Wednesday "is on Quebec territory.

In a statement, the group organized by Natalie Knight said it was not only protesting the actions of Coastal GasLink and RCMP, but also the various injunctions granted against solidarity protests themselves.

“You cannot injunct justice," Knight said. "The use of overbroad injunctions to criminalize Indigenous land defenders and our supporters reveals the colonial foundation of Canadian law.

"We will continue holding solidarity actions in the streets of Vancouver until the demands of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been met."

More to come...

Four people charged in connection with Hamilton Wet’suwet’en solidarity rail blockade .
The blockade led to train service being suspended Monday evening and all day Tuesday at Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Hamilton and West Harbour GO stations. At the height of the protest, there were about 30 people on the tracks and police say they saw two fires started on the lines.CN Rail served the protesters with an injunction to leave the site on Monday.READ MORE: Protesters leave rail blockade in Hamilton after injunction notices delivered According to a post on the group's Facebook page, they "happily burned" it and remained on the track until peacefully leaving the area at around 5 p.m. the next day.

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