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Pro-Palestinian protesters block CN rail line south of Montreal, four arrested – Winnipeg Free Press

Pro-Palestinian protesters block CN rail line south of Montreal, four arrested – Winnipeg Free Press
Pro-Palestinian protesters block CN rail line south of Montreal, four arrested – Winnipeg Free Press

MONTREAL — Police say about 30 pro-Palestinian protesters blocked a stretch of railway line just south of Montreal for several hours on Saturday.

CN’s rail line connects Montreal to Halifax, where protesters claim goods are being shipped to the Middle Eastern country.

Police say four officers were pepper-sprayed and four men in their 20s and 30s face charges ranging from obstruction to assault.

Police and CN police block an intersection in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., Saturday, June 29, 2024. A police spokesman said a group of about 30 pro-Palestinian protesters blocked the railway line, leading to two arrests. A 31-year-old woman is charged with malicious mischief and a 33-year-old man is charged with assault and obstructing police officers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

In a press release, the protesters say their goal was to cut off a “vital trade artery” between Canada and Israel and that all trade with the country should be halted.

This comes as a growing number of pro-Palestinian encampments have popped up on university campuses in Montreal, most recently in a downtown public park.