Quebec rail blockade abandoned by protesters after riot police arrive to enforce injunction

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Quebec rail blockade abandoned by protesters after riot police arrive to enforce injunction

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2/22/2020

Quebec rail blockade abandoned by protesters after riot police arrive to enforce injunction

‘Even though the colonial police is removing this barricade with violence and contempt, others will emerge,’ a spokesman for the protesters said

ST-LAMBERT, Que. — A blockade south of Montreal that halted rail traffic and frayed nerves since Wednesday was abandoned late Friday after riot police arrived to enforce a court injunction. The roughly two dozen protesters, acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs contesting a British Columbia natural gas pipeline, had begun dismantling the encampment earlier in the evening following discussions with police. They took downs tents and carried items such as sleeping bags, pots, propane tanks and a wood stove to the edge of a security perimeter established earlier in the day by Longueuil municipal police. Then at around 10 p.m., a spokesman wearing a ski mask and sunglasses announced the rail blockade in St-Lambert, Que., was ending but said the fight was not over. “Even though the colonial police is removing this barricade with violence and contempt, others will emerge,” he said. He added that until the federal government listens to the hereditary chiefs, the RCMP leaves Wet’suwet’en territory and Coastal GasLink scraps the contentious pipeline, “the colonial Canadian state will be totally paralyzed.” Emotions flared earlier in the day as the protesters dug in next to Canadian National Railway tracks despite being served with an injunction Thursday that ordered that the site be cleared. Quebec Premier Francois Legault called for the injunction to be enforced “rapidly.” Police arrived in large numbers Friday afternoon near the encampment. There were several rounds of talks between police and the masked protesters, and as the impasse continued, some people chose to leave. The blockade interrupted freight traffic as well as passenger service for suburban commuters and Via Rail travellers. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast, though others in the community support the pipeline. Countrywide protests and blockades followed a move by RCMP to enforce a court injunction this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who had been obstructing an access road to a Coastal GasLink work site. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday called the blockades around the country unacceptable and said they have to come down. “Let us be clear: all Canadians are paying the price. Some people can’t get to work, others have lost their jobs,” Trudeau said. “Essential goods … cannot get where they need to go.” Jean-Yves Lessard, who joined the St-Lambert protesters on Friday morning, said Trudeau’s government was to blame. “If they had done what they needed to at the beginning, people wouldn’t be here,” he said. “Sadly, it’s bad for the economy and business, but it’s not them you should be angry with. Tell Trudeau to go and sit down with the hereditary chiefs.” Legault said he would leave it to police to enforce the injunction. “We need these tracks for transporting cargo, to avoid job losses, to avoid losses for companies,” he said. “The law has to be respected, and obviously I hope it is done in an orderly fashion.” The premier estimated losses to the provincial economy due to the rail blockades at up to $100 million a day. Denis Bisson, who owns a company north of Montreal that sells slate flooring and countertops, stopped by the blockade Friday. He said he depends on the rail line to supply his business with raw materials from a quarry in Nova Scotia. Switching to flatbed trucks would quadruple the cost per load, he said. “I’m afraid it’s going to last two or three weeks, and I’m beginning to be out of stock in my yard,” he said, holding a sign that read in French “hostage for one day or every day?!” A protester told him they were standing up for Indigenous rights and the environment. “But they are hitting people that have nothing to do with that,” Bisson said. “They’re making people pay for something that we’re not involved in.” The injunction granted to CN Thursday by Superior Court Justice France Dulude authorized “any police services or peace officers” to assist the company in executing the order in St-Lambert. Read more: National Post

Now, lets roll this “program” coast to coast. Quebec showed good leadership here! the anarchist Left recognizes only the force TrudeauWorstPM TrudeauMustGo this is the way to go! Well done Quebec👍 Poor Canada has been reduced to a bananarepublic under PMSpicoli and his incompetent 🤡 posse. Is anyone surprised that the province that hates Turbans and Hijabs would send in riot police to deal with protestors? Guess the protestors were endangering Quebecois 'culture'.

Bravo! Now arrest the organizers and financiers who are backing most of these protests Very few of them have been spontaneous and so far none has had a damn thing to do with the Wet’suwet’en First Nations community itself Canada JustinTrudeau liberal_party ... Where is the faux outrage? Where are the disqualifications?

Good on you guys. Needs to happen everywhere. In their hearts this is what the protesters really wanted.

New blockade south of Montreal delays resumption of Via Rail service between Montreal and Quebec CityWhen you have Fancy Socks leading the country, this is what you get. Protests and a stalled economy! And still JustinTrudeau refuses to do what's needed. Where's the Vote of Non-Confidence, AndrewScheer ? Surprise surprise. Load up the train. Throttle forward and don’t stop. Watch how fast these dickheads move !!

So brave. About time they were forced to move! Get the others removed as well Correction: In solidarity with dissident 4/13 hereditary chiefs from the same family(0 elected chiefs or the community). Get your facts right stop stirring the pot! A great factual article. They cant afford to be arrested because they wont be allowed back into Canada anymore

Wow shocker, it worked. People scared of police Tofu fighting to commence🕺💃🙏👏🤣😍at a love pad or dumpster. Now we’re getting somewhere ! Funny how that works. A non-confrontational option may be to have the police get the names of the protestors & remind them that prior blockades resulted in successful law suits for lost wages/damages. Skin in the game.

Protestors turned tail and ran away lol cowards. Who would have thought that enforcing the rule of law would disperse these protestors. Go figure 🤔

‘Critical’ propane shortage in Quebec forces companies to ration suppliesHospitals, farms and homes may not get enough fuel as suppliers have ‘no other options’ with rail links closed off Let them freeze 🥶 Ah, propane comes from hydrocarbon and come from where? Ask ElizabethMay what to do!!

And of course being as concerned with the environment as passionately as these “protesters” are, they no doubt left all their garbage behind. canpoli So who cleaned it up ... Staunch about their activism aren’t they. Good for them. Not a clue why these people are blocking railways out East in the first place just ridiculous. Go Quebec Go!!!!

U mean the liberal millennials ran away with their tails between their legs... hope the little snowflakes didnt melt away. So Quebec was just about out of propane again. The question is not why should we leave but why should we stay. wexit. They just had to show up...🤣 This is now a matter of life or death. People are going to freeze and die. Bring in the army just like senior Trudeau did back in 1970 to crush the FLQ.

Quebec is different and they make their own rules. I know, I used to live there. Yet Quebec intends to develop 1 Million Acres of A Natural Gas Deposit which will require a large PIPELINE network to be BUILT IN QUEBEC Hypocrisy

Ross McKitrick: It’s never enough with climate activists — even a staggering $10 billion from Jeff BezosObservers might conclude activists don’t care about the climate per se but instead want to impose a big-government central planning regime these crazy protesters are sick people.. and need help. If Bezos were really ($10B) concerned about climate change, he wouldn't have so many Chinese freighters crossing the Pacific to stock his warehouses. What's staggering about that $10B is that it is *affordable* as a virtue-signalling writeoff for Bezos. Anyone venture a guess on the size of Bezos’ personal carbon footprint? That should be his first initiative

Doug Ford has a difficult job So, every move he makes is severely criticized Doug Ford is Ontario's punching bag Ontario's electorate is too fickled Liberals reduced to a nonstatus party, NDP and Greens are useless, Conservatives are bashed every day, There is nobody else! It is my understanding that the withdraw was peacefully negotiated.

A little too late. Only Quebec is allowed. About god damn time! Arrest these criminals! OK Doug, it’s our turn now ... Now, how difficult was that? There is dialogue and then there is dialogue 💪🏼

Even in new industries, patriarchal thinking is still holding back progress toward gender equalityHistory doesn’t make the job of an Influencer uniquely female or male, yet it’s another job where men are paid more than women, pulling in 7 per cent more than their female counterparts for promotions in posts Globe_Careers zzzzzz Globe_Careers originally gender equality is designed for equal pay..for the same job...,is that what it still means.. no one really knows

Kenny or Ford would be lambasted by the media if such a move was instructed. Paper tigers 🙄 Large fines and jail sentences should be handed out, because like mister fraidy pants with the ski mask says these blockades will just keep happening! JustinTrudeau francoislegault AndrewScheer It's a start albeit so late.

gerarddeltell Aucune arrestation, une invitation à recommencer Could of been done from the beginning I bet if Doug Ford had been the first premier to send the police in, he would have been raked over the coals by everyone including the pm. I'm sure francoislegault had something to do with this. Bravo! It's about time!

Well done Quebec!

New blockade south of Montreal delays resumption of Via Rail service between Montreal and Quebec CityWhen you have Fancy Socks leading the country, this is what you get. Protests and a stalled economy! And still JustinTrudeau refuses to do what's needed. Where's the Vote of Non-Confidence, AndrewScheer ? Surprise surprise. Load up the train. Throttle forward and don’t stop. Watch how fast these dickheads move !!

Masked spokespersons threatening to re-establish blockades in the future? Organizers being paid by purported Canadian 'charities?' Criminal conspiracies must be criminally prosecuted and the people who solicited a crime and paid the participants must be sued for civil damages.

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon MediaThis is not a good thing. As JustinTrudeau tries to figure out how to pull up his socks boy leave it to the people to do it.



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