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Canada Quebec premier says Kahnawake Mohawks have AK-47s, slowing police response to injunction

23:15  26 february  2020
23:15  26 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

A dozen protesters still blocking CN rails in Saint-Lambert despite injunction

  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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Premier Francois Legault tread carefully as the injunction was being granted Tuesday, saying he's confident Quebec provincial police would take the correct steps. Deer said that upon learning of the injunction , the people at the Kahnawake blockade said they plan to stay put.

Premier François Legault says the presence of weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, is the reason why provincial police have not yet dismantled a rail barricade in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, south of Montreal.

"We, effectively, have information that confirms there are weapons — AK-47s, to name them," in Kahnawake, Legault told reporters in Quebec City Wednesday afternoon.

The premier did not specify if he was referring to weapons located at the barricade itself or in the community at large.

A Quebec Superior Court justice issued an injunction yesterday ordering an end to all blockades of Canadian Pacific Railway lines in the province.

Ripples from Ontario police action felt in Quebec as Mohawks block roads

  Ripples from Ontario police action felt in Quebec as Mohawks block roads MONTREAL — Tensions mounted Monday in Mohawk communities near Montreal after Ontario Provincial Police moved in on a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Mohawks in Kanesatake, northwest of Montreal, blocked the highway running through their community, while in Kahnawake, to the south of the metropolis, protesters staged a rolling blockade that briefly halted traffic heading to a major bridge leading to Montreal. Kenneth Deer, secretary of the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake, said people in the community are upset with the OPP action to dismantle the blockade near Belleville, Ont.

The railway blockade in Kahnawake south of Montreal is carrying on Tuesday morning amid rising tensions across Canada over police intervention in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The day after provincial police in Ontario cleared away the most significant of several rail blockades nationwide, the

A spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police said the protesters have since pulled back from the The barricades were set up in response to a move by the RCMP to clear protesters who had been 9 — Kahnawake Mohawk community members south of Montreal erect a blockade on a CP rail line. 12 — The Manitoba government says it may seek a court injunction to end a blockade on a rail line

The first Quebec barricade went up in Kahnawake on Feb. 8, in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in British Columbia who are opposed to the construction of a liquid natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory.

"The SQ is working on a plan to dismantle the barricades," Legault said. "They are speaking with the Peacekeepers, but obviously with people who are armed, it's delicate."

Both elected and traditional leaders Kahnawake say their own police force, the Peacekeepers, has sole jurisdiction in the territory.

The Peacekeepers indicated earlier this week they will not enforce an injunction.

a person posing for the camera: The Mohawk Peacekeepers' communications officer, Const. Kyle Zachary, says there are firearms on the territory, but no more than anywhere else in the region. © Sudha Krishnan/CBC The Mohawk Peacekeepers' communications officer, Const. Kyle Zachary, says there are firearms on the territory, but no more than anywhere else in the region.

The force's communications officer, Const. Kyle Zachary, said the Peacekeepers have not received an injunction yet, and they are not sure when they will.

Zachary said it is "irresponsible" of the premier to be talking about guns.

"We're trying to have the situation come to an end peacefully, and that kind of statement is counter to that," he said.

"To say that we all have AK-47s, not only is that untrue, it's dangerous, and it's irresponsible to say that."

"It's only going to exacerbate the situation. There are firearms on the territory, but there's no more than what are in Châteauguay or in Montreal. We have responsible gun owners just as anywhere else."

"Nobody here in Kahnawake wants another 1990, and nobody outside of Kahnawake wants another 1990."

More to come.

As Quebec rail blockades come down, supporters demand Indigenous rights be respected .
The remaining blockades halting rail traffic in Quebec were taken down Thursday, putting an end to three weeks of protest in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs. But supporters said they would continue to hold government to account.Supporters in Kahnawake, a Mohawk territory on Montreal's South Shore, and in Listiguj, where Mi'kmaq activists had blocked a rail line that connects the Gaspé Peninsula with New Brunswick, dismantled their encampments Thursday afternoon.

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