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Belleville (Ontario), Feb 12 (Canadian-Media): A warning was issued Tuesday by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers who met members of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, who had shut down traffic through Canadian National (CN) Rail tracks near Belleville, Ont., to clear the area or face a raid and arrests, media reports said.
OPP make an effort to end Mohawks demonstration. Image credit: Twitter
After the meeting, a court order prohibiting continued interference with railway operations was read out by an Ontario Superior Court enforcement officer who was escorted by the OPP.
Mohawks of Tyendinaga had begun the demonstration Thursday to support Wet'suwet'en to block construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The demonstrators who met the officers said they would relay the message to the others.
157 trips cancellation by CN railways on the Toronto-to-Montreal corridor by 8 a.m. Tuesday, had forced at least 24,500 passengers to change their travel plans had affected shipments ranging from propane to feedstock.
Over the past two days, many community members stopped to express support or drop off supplies at the two new canvas tents pitched Monday evening.
With efforts to come to an agreement, the OPP team had also brought a gift of maple syrup.
"I don't know that we are in a place to have gifts at the moment," said Kanenhariyo, a member of the Mohawk community.
"You did kind of come here to threaten us."
"You can't come here on our land and evict us off our land. You don't have the authority to do that," Kanenhariyo.
OPP Sgt. Diana Hampson, the lead liaison officer, said the Mohawks had made their point and that they were heard.