UPDATED: Protest snarls traffic approach to Mercier Bridge
Traffic headed into Montreal via the Mercier Bridge on the 132 was blocked Friday morning between 6:30-8 AM because of a demonstration by the Mohawks of Kahnawake.
They were stopping vehicles getting onto the bridge to hand out pamphlets about the events that occurred in Rexton, New Brunswick, in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq people that were affected.
On October 17, 40 anti-shale gas protestors were arrested there and five police cars were set on fire when Mounties tried to put an end to the protest.
“We have to support them and make the anti hydro-fracking issue known to all Canadians,” one demonstrator told CJAD.
The Mohawks moved out of the traffic lanes to let vehicles onto the bridge but they are still demonstrating by the side of route 132.
“I’m not sure how long we will be here; it depends on what is going on in New Brunswick and what the community that was attacked wants us to do.”
Protests in support of the Mi’kmaq community have been in full swing since Thursday night in six other nations across Canada.
The one in Kahnawake remains peaceful.