TRENTON, Canada 

Dozens of Canadian police officers moved in Monday to break up an Indigenous blockade that shut down the main passenger train route between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

The protesters ignored a deadline of midnight Sunday to leave, and a few hours later, police closed in around 8 a.m. EST.

The Mohawks began the blockade on Feb. 6 in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who opposed a $6 billion natural gas pipeline crossing their territory in the Canadian west coast province of British Columbia. The elected chiefs of all 20 Indigenous bands affected by the pipeline gave approval for

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