First Nations activists hold their ground, blockading rail headed to chemical and refining plants through what’s been dubbed “Chemical Valley”
Sarnia Blockade Enters Day 7
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
First Nations protesters blocking a CN Rail line in Sarnia, Ont. for a seventh day Thursday are vowing not to leave until long after Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.
The week-old blockade is currently blocking a rail line that runs through Aamjiwnaang to several chemical and refining plants in what’s been dubbed Chemical Valley. A court injunction has been issued to end the blockade, but Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has said that so long as the demonstration is peaceful, police won’t interfere.
Plain says the blockade doesn`t affect the agriculture industry not does it impact the public.
“The rail line where we are standing is illegally on our property. They don’t have a permit to cross our road, and they need a permit from both the band and Indian Affairs Canada,” Plain explained. “That’s why we’ve chosen that spot to take our stand.”