Around 60 masked protesters seized the Canadian Pacific Railway momentarily in Rosemont on Saturday afternoon until their uprising resulted in a quick rally on Montreal streets.
To “reaffirm wet’suwet’s territorial sovereignty and condemn the Coastal GasLink pipeline project,” organizers said, flags, picnic tables, tires, and other miscellaneous items were put on the railroad.
Protesters attacked Fireworks on Boulevard Saint-Laurent.
The demonstrators placed a fire in the cold to cover themselves and a pair of flags beside the tracks. They were playing music and shouting several slogans.
Some banners looked almost like the ones erected during the blockade that lasted three days last week in Saint-Lambert.
Again, the media did not seem to be welcome. When a photographer from the Journal approached the improvised camp, he was quickly chased away.
In the street
Then around 7 p.m., while officers from the Montreal City Police Service were deploying around the small blockade, the demonstrators left the rails peacefully and finally stormed Boulevard Saint-Laurent.
Walking in the opposite direction and through the cars, the protesters, then in their thirties, launched a few fireworks under the surprised looks of many witnesses.
After about twenty minutes, the demonstration dispersed without a great ceremony, while the SPVM followed its participants in the trail.
Contacted by The Journal on Saturday, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) said “to follow the situation closely”, but did not answer to know if the demonstration had disrupted its activities.
By 8:00 p.m. Saturday, the rails at Rosemont had already been cleared of all stacked objects.
It holds up in Kahnawake
In Kahnawake, the barricade on another CP railroad in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs wet’suwet’en still held it, Saturday, despite the railway company getting an injunction forcing the protesters to leave the premises.
The injunction is valid until March 5.
The barricade still stands. We are awaiting news from the Wet’suwet’en leaders, Kenneth Deer, spokesperson for the Mohawk Nation in Kahnawake, told reporters.
This blockade prevents the company responsible for commuter trains from offering its service between Candiac and Montreal since February 10.