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Rail line in Sarnia, Ontario, cleared of protesters

Credits: PAUL OWEN/THE OBSERVER/QMI AGENCY

NEIL BOWEN | QMI AGENCY

SARNIA, ON - Rail cars were moving again Thursday on a CN spur line a day after an Ontario court judge asked that the 13-day protest end.

Protesters left the blockade site around midnight Wednesday. CN did some track cleaning and safety checks before resuming normal operations around 3 a.m., CN spokesperson Jim Feeny said.

Protesters, however, vowed to continue the fight.
The blockade was part of the nation-wide Idle No More protests of the federal government's handling of First Nations issues.

Sarnia Police Chief Phil Nelson and Deputy Chief Bob Farlow, who attended a blockade-ending ceremony at the invitation of protesters, said he always believed in a peaceful resolution based on dialogue.

The police chief was called to court on Wednesday to explain why the blockade was allowed to remain for so long.

Justice John Desotti issued no order, but asked protest spokesman Ron Plain to end the blockade quickly.


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