Wet'suwet'en Supporters Digging In As Legault Threatens To Clear St-Lambert Rail Blockade
"We're still standing in solidarity. We're not leaving."
- Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en are digging in in St-Lambert, Quebec as Quebec Premier François Legault threatens to clear the site of their rail blockade.
- Demonstrators are currently blocking CN tracks, which exo uses to operate trains between Montreal and Mont St-Hilaire.
A second exo commuter train servicing Montreal has been blocked by land defenders and other supporters of the Wet'suwet'en in British Columbia, who are pushing back against the Coastal GasLink pipeline and protesting the presence of the RCMP who began to make arrests last month. Canadian Nation Rail now says it has obtained an injunction to end the solidarity action in St-Lambert that is impeding the .
As of noon on Thursday, demonstrators in Saint-Lambert indicate that they have not yet received an injunction and are inviting supporters to come out and join them in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en.
Longueuil Police (SPAL) are already on the scene and have indicated that rue St-Georges between rue St-Louis and rue St-Charles had been re-opened to traffic. They also note they are "on site assisting CN police."
Quebec Premier François Legault has been quoted as saying the blockade in St-Lambert is "Quebec territory not indigenous territory," according to Globe and Mail reporter Les Perreaux.
Solidarity demonstrators have called for reinforcements as news broke of the injunction to clear the St-Lambert site.
The tweet above again insists, "We have not received an injunction. Come join us with banners, the weather is good and the sun is shining! A frisbee would be a good idea!"
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, where land defenders have blocked the exo 4 Candiac line, posted a video of Grand Chief Norton speaking at AFN News Conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.
In the video, Norton calls out "stubbornness and refusal of the provinces [...] to recognize the relationship that supposedly was established" between indigenous people and the government.
News that the RCMP was open to retreating from Wet'suwet'en land to end rail blockades has been met with renewed vigour.
Groups are insisting that the RCMP's departure from Wet'suwet'en land must coincide with the acceptance of the First Nation's hereditary chiefs' demands.
In Saint-Lambert, the blockade is under the jurisdiction of the SPAL, who indicate in the tweet below that they remain at the site of the blockade.
In Kahnawake, Mohawk Peacekeepers have been present on the site of the blockade.
Mohawk land defenders told MTL Blog their presence was, indeed, peaceful, and was largely meant to ensure the health and safety of those who were participating in the peaceful demonstration.
"Peacekeepers stop in, they pull out. They just make sure, y'know, nobody's freezing out here, that we've got wood," one Mohawk woman explained.
"We didn't have a bathroom, now we do, but they would even wait for someone to go to the bathroom and come back. So... they're with us."