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Pro-Palestinian protesters block CN rail line south of Montreal, four arrested

Pro-Palestinian protesters block CN rail line south of Montreal, four arrested
Pro-Palestinian protesters block CN rail line south of Montreal, four arrested


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

The CN rail line connects Montreal to Halifax, where protesters claim goods are being shipped to the Middle East.

According to the police, four officers were pepper-sprayed and four people in their 20s and 30s are being charged with, among other things, obstructing public order and assault.

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

This comes as more and more pro-Palestinian camps have sprung up on college campuses in Montreal, and most recently in a public park downtown.

CN said it was aware of the incident and was closely monitoring the situation. The protesters declined The Canadian Press’s request for an interview.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2024.

The Canadian Press