CTV Montreal |November 16, 2016
A protest by Mohawk supporters has forced the AMT to cancel service on the Candiac-Montreal line.
The demonstration began Tuesday evening in Kahnawake to show support with the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in protest against the Dakota Access pipeline project, where an oil pipeline may run near the reservation in North Dakota.
It is expected to continue throughout Wednesday and may continue Thursday, as part of an international day of protest among Indigenous people.
The transit agency is using nearly two dozen buses to ferry commuters to and from the South Shore, and according to officials, will likely continue the shuttle service through Wednesday evening rush hour period.
Protesters said they are sorry about the inconvenience, however, the protest was spurred by government inaction regarding Indigenous issues.
“It’s how far the government wants to go,” said protestor Melissa Montour. “These things only happen when a communication breakdown occurs”
Busses at the Delson, Candiac, Saint Constant and Sainte Catherine stations are taking passengers to and from the Mansfield Terminus in Montreal, between St-Antoine St. and St-Jacques St.
Those who normally catch the train to or from LaSalle will have to use regular STM bus service, while those who catch the train to or from Montreal West or Vendome will not be affected.
When Kahnawake Peacekeepers showed up on Tuesday night and saw the protest, they immediately advised CP – the owners of the railway tracks. CP then called the AMT and the decision was made to not run any commuter trains on Wednesday.
A second group of aboriginal protesters attempted to block train tracks in the Southwest borough of Montreal on Tuesday, but gave up when told they would face very hefty fines.
They marched down Wellington St. instead.
Members of the group refused to talk to “capitalist media” to explain their actions.