Pro-Palestinian activists blocked a railway line in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

Pro-Palestinian activists blocked a railway line in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

About thirty pro-Palestinian activists blocked a railway line in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, in Montérégie, on Saturday, the police of the Longueuil agglomeration (SPAL) said.

Protesters blocked the railway line at the intersection of boulevards Seigneurial and Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier from 10am until early afternoon.

The railway, owned by Canadian National, connects Montreal and Halifax.

In a Facebook publication posted around 1:15 p.m., SPAL indicates that a 31-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man were arrested during the demonstration. The woman is charged with disorderly conduct and the man is charged with assault and obstructing police officers.

“During the intervention, four police officers were affected by pepper spray,” the SPAL publication states. No protesters were injured, police said.

SPAL also said the crowd dispersed.

The BDS Ad Hoc Direct Action Collective claimed in a statement that goods are being shipped from Halifax to Israel and that by blocking the rail line they have closed “a vital artery of trade between Canada and the Zionist state.” According to them, the goods are being shipped to Haifa on ships owned by the company Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

“The Zionist state could not continue its violent occupation without material support from Western states. All trade with so-called Israel, not just arms exports, supports genocidal violence and must be stopped,” the statement said.

In a video published late Saturday morning on the social media of the group Solidarity Without Borders, which was present at the demonstration, masked protesters could be seen standing in the rain.

The group declined to give a telephone interview to The Canadian Press.

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