Toronto police say they have made three arrests after a protest emerged Tuesday evening in the city’s west end as part of ongoing demonstrations in support of a British Columbia First Nation.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, police said officers provided protesters with an injunction and began moving them from rail tracks.
Police said most of the protesters were co-operative, but “arrests were made when necessary.” Of 37 people that were arrested, 25 were released unconditionally while 12 others were charged with mischief. Seven of those people were also charged with additional Rail Safety Act charges.
Our goal is always public safety & we will continue to work w/ our public & private sector partners to maintain the integrity of the city’s critical infrastructure. An update on the number of arrests made & charges laid will be released later this morning
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) February 26, 2020
Metrolinx said regular GO Transit service will be running on the Milton line Wednesday after a blockade near Jane and Dundas Streets stopped trains from running through Tuesday evening.
We encourage all customers to plan ahead & leave yourself extra travel time. Please check service alerts page: https://t.co/QN7Cf6vcyM for up to date info. We apologize for any inconvenience these unforeseen disruptions have caused you. Your safety is always our first priority.
— Metrolinx (@Metrolinx) February 26, 2020
At the height of the blockade, there were dozens of protesters on the tracks.
A blockade had also been set up on the Lakeshore East line near Guildwood Station that caused a temporary suspension between Union Station and Pickering.
Less than a dozen people were spotted near the tracks on the Lakeshore East line prior to service resuming.
Union Station was packed Tueaday evening as thousands of commuters waited for updates on when they might be able to get home.
Crowds can only stare at the departure screens at Union Station while #GOtrain service copes with multiple blockades on eastbound and westbound lines, staged in sympathy with the Wet’suwet’tin. @680NEWS @CityNews pic.twitter.com/fQgB40V6ti
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) February 25, 2020
Train service on the Lakeshore West GO line between Aldershot and Niagara Falls had been cancelled since Monday afternoon due to protesters blocking train tracks between the Aldershot and Hamilton GO stations in support of the Wet’suwet’en.
The protesters left the site blocking the Lakeshore West line as of 5 p.m. and regular service resumed Wednesday morning.