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Attacking trains in Canada punishable by life in prison

You know it was wrong when even one of the key Mohawks behind the original blockade is disgusted by attempts to derail a CN freight train.

Still, strangely, some believe lighting wooden skids on fire to jam under a moving train is a retaliatory and justified civil protest over gas pipeline grievances and not a crime. 
Of course the Criminal Code of Canada makes it clear.
Under Section 248, “Interfering with transportation facilities,” it states “every one who, with intent to endanger the safety of any person, places anything on or does anything to any property that is used for or in connection with the transportation of persons or goods by land, water or air that is likely to cause death or bodily harm to persons is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”
A fire burns next to a passing CN Rail train beside an encampment of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, set up in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation who are trying to stop construction of British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, on Feb. 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Alex Filipe)
Life in prison! You read it right.
No wonder Andrew Brant went to social media to scold those throwing rocks, setting fires and dropping impediments on the tracks near Tyendinaga.

“I hope you are proud for what you did in front of the whole world today,” Brant said in a Facebook live commentary at 10 p.m. Wednesday. “You don’t react like that. It’s exactly what they want you to do.”

Brant is a tough but fair customer who clearly has a breaking point.

“You made us look like Sh– in front of the whole world,” he said. “You don’t tarnish the entire image of a great nation.”

Brant also reminded Mohawk Warriors are a “strong military force to be reckoned with but that is because we are so peaceful.”
Warriors, he said, “have our weapons” for “defence” and “don’t attack.”
Calling it “not cool,” Brant added “what you need to do is not be setting sh– on fire on the tracks.”
He also called for people to “not do anything stupid anymore … “keep our fires sacred” … and “don’t be a d—.”

That should set straight commentators trying to justify what was nothing more than dangerous criminal behaviour on non-native land with homes and families and against a train with innocent souls on board.

None of those turning a blind eye would do so if supporters of Rob or Doug Ford were involved or, heaven forbid, were wearing read MAGA hats. It would be terrorism then.

Under terrorism in the Criminal Code, Section 83.01 (1) states: “The following definitions apply in this part that intentionally (A) causes death or serious bodily harm to a person by the use of violence, (B) endangers a person’s life, (C) causes a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or any segment of the public, (D) causes substantial property damage, whether to public or private property” and “(E) causes serious interference with or serious disruption of an essential service, facility or system, whether public or private, other than as a result of advocacy, protest, dissent or stoppage of work that is not intended to result in the conduct or harm.”

To summarize, those involved in trying to crash this train could be charged with terrorism and locked up for life. If they were supporters of President Donald Trump, those giving these disrupters a pass would be calling for just that.

Ontario Provincial Police officers make an arrest at a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ont., on Monday Feb. 24, 2020, as they protest in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs attempting to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline on their traditional territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Turns out just two of ten charged in the rail blockade near Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory are from the area.

The OPP revealed Thursday that serious charges have been laid following Monday’s takedown at the crossing about 500 metres north of First Nations’ land.

“When faced with aggressive actions by some individuals, officers responded with a minimal use of force to facilitate the arrests and maintain officer safety,” the OPP said in a news release by media specialist Bill Dickson.

Charged with mischief over $5000, disobeying a court order and entering land where line work is situated are Aaron Maracle, 36, of Ottawa, Tommy Gill, 34, of Odanak, Quebec, Corey Jay Jocko, 33, Harley Moses David, 31, Harry Joseph Benedict, 30, Nicholas Kolbasook 25, all of Akwesasne, Trevor Spencer, 45, of Belleville, Nathan Strongitharm, 34, of fixed address, Jacob Sharpe, 24, of Tyendinaga Township and Stewart Americanhorse, 43, of Ohsweken, Ontario.

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