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Protesters block rail line hoping to halt Olympic Spirit Train

Protesters block rail line hoping to halt Olympic Spirit Train
Canadian Press // October 12, 2008 at 7:55 PM EDT

VAUGHAN, Ont. - Protesters say they have barricaded a rail line north of Toronto in hopes of stopping CP Rail's Olympic Spirit Train.

Protester Dan Keller says about 20 non-violent activists have assembled on the rail line with one woman having chained herself to the tracks.

At this time, York Region police are monitoring the situation.

The group is attempting to block the Spirit Train's route to bring attention to unresolved, issues with aboriginals, the poor and the environment related the staging of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The Spirit Train left Port Moody, B.C., on Sept. 21, on a cross-Canada voyage to promote the Games.

The train spent Saturday in Sudbury, Ont., and was scheduled to travel south to Mississauga on Sunday.


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