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Quebec Wet'suwet'en Rail Blockades Going Strong As Grocery Supply Shortage Looms (Photos)

Wet'suwet'en solidarity protestors in Saint-Lambert press on despite injunction.
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Quebec Wet'suwet'en Rail Blockades Going Strong As Grocery Supply Shortage Looms (Photos)
  • Wet'suwet'en solidarity demonstrations are maintaining their rail blockades in Quebec.
  • The blockades could mean that raw material and grocery store supplies start running thin as early as next week.

Exo trains in Montreal are cancelled once again as pipeline protests persist across the region. Two exo commuter lines have been blockaded by Wet'suwet'en solidarity protestors in Saint-Lambert and Kahnawake. In Saint-Lambert, protestors have been impeding the exo 3 Mont-Saint-Hilaire train line for three days.

The Quebec government and CN Rail officials served the protestors with an injunction on Thursday night but a large contingent still remains despite cold weather and a large police presence.

Exo officials have offered commuters numerous alternative transit options

In Kahnawake, members of the Mohawk Nation and allies have blockaded the exo 4 Candiac line going on 10 days. Land protectors in Kahnawake have not been served an injunction and are prepared to continue their blockade indefinitely.

Railway blockades in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation have sprung up across the country, delaying commuter and industrial rail traffic for close to two weeks.

The president of the Retail Council of Canada tells MTL Blog that supplies of raw materials and grocery store stocks could begin to dwindle as a result as early as next week.

Justin Trudeau has met with Premiers from all provinces to discuss possible solutions and outcomes. 

Quebec Premier François Legault has criticized the protests in Saint-Lambert, calling them illegal, and has asked Ottawa to step in and help.

According to TVA Nouvelles, Legault lambasted the group, saying that they are protesting "on Quebec land, not Indigenous land."

Several protestors in Saint-Lambert have dug in, setting up tents and barricades. Police patrols are frequent and tensions between protestors and local residents are at a boiling point. 

Though some activists refuse to identify themselves and are in fact, not Indigenous, they are firm in their solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation. 

In Saint-Lambert, a large group of activists are undeterred by the CN injunction.

There's a lot of tension in the air as protestors have blockaded an essential commuter railway that links downtown Montreal to its eastern suburbs. 

In an official press release, the group in Saint-Lambert said that "we are inspired by the courageous acts of Indigenous resistance, including the ongoing rail blockades in Kahnawake and Tyendinaga."

READ ALSO: Rail Blockades Could Affect Food Stocks & Raise Prices In Quebec Grocery Stores Next Week

Exo 3 Mont-Saint-Hilaire commuters have a variety of transit options available to them. 

From Saint-Lambert station, commuters can take the RTL 55 to get downtown or the RTL 1, 6, or 106 to get to the metro. If you're coming from downtown, you can take the same route. 

To consult the complete list of transit options, visit exo's official website.

Public reactions to the protests in Saint-Lambert haven't been overly positive but the activists are standing firm with their blockade.

As protests continue across the country, the federal and provincial governments are scrambling to find a peaceful resolution to this ongoing situation.

It's a complex situation and land protectors across Canada insist they will maintain their blockades as long as the Coastal GasLink pipeline project plans to cut through traditional, unceded Wet'suwet'en territory. 

We have contacted the Wet'suwet'en solidarity actors in St-Lambert for perspectives on the public reaction to their work.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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