Ontario police arrest 10 protesters at Mohawk blockade

Feb 25 2020, 9:09 am

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reporting that 10 protesters were arrested and charged at the Mohawk blockade adjacent to a railway in Tyendinaga outside Belleville on February 24.

All 10 people were charged under the criminal code with mischief — damaging property — and for disobeying the injunction filed against them on February 7.

Three if the individuals were also charged with resisting arrest and one was charged with obstructing a police officer.

All were released on conditions, with a scheduled court date in March at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee, a spokesperson from the OPP told Daily Hive.

The arrests sparked another solidarity protest in Hamilton. Around 5 pm on Monday, a blockade north of Hamilton cemetery stopped rail traffic going in and out of the city including freight and passenger trains, according to posts on Twitter by Rising Tide Toronto — a grassroots environmental organization.

As a result, GO Transit cancelled some train service on Tuesday morning. The Aldershot GO and Hamilton GO services were modified to adjust to the police investigation happening along the route because of the blockade.

The arrests were made because of an injunction filed on several weeks ago, against the solidarity protestors for blocking the railway. The OPP went into the territory Monday morning to remove the protestors, who are supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in British Columbia.

Earlier on Monday morning, a statement was released by the Mohawk community in Tyendinaga, asking that the OPP refrain from the use of force and allow for a peaceful resolution.

The Mohawks of Tyendinaga said they are not in violation of the injunction as there is no trespassing on CN’s railway in this specific region as the land is Tyendinaga Territory proclaimed by the Simcoe Deed of 1793. There has also been no physical interference or obstruction of the railway tracks.