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NEWS: Chief Garry John at solidarity blockade

APTN National News reports, “A blockade of a CN Rail main freight line is going into its third day north of Vancouver. Chief Garry John of the Seton Lake Indian Band says community members put up the blockade Friday at 3 p.m. in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike that began Dec. 11 in Ottawa. John said the rail line is the main route for CN from North Vancouver and Prince George. They are positioned near the mile 138 marker. ‘An average of four trains go up through here each day,’ said John.”

“John said CN hasn’t issued a court injunction to have the protesters removed like they did in Sarnia where a blockade of a spur line is in its ninth day. A court has ordered Sarnia police to remove the blockade but so far they’ve refused to intervene unless it’s done in a peaceful manner. ‘We’re going to take it day by day. We certainly want the folks in Sarnia and Chief Spence to know we are in support of them,’ said John as to when the blockade could end. He said they expect to go into Sunday and are there now, where they’ll remain overnight.”

The APTN news report can be read at http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/12/30/seton-lake-blockade-cn-rail-line-in-solidarity-with-chief-spence-sarnia-blockade/.