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Updated: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:48:49 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

4 Mohawk protesters arrested in Ontario rail blockade



A group of protesters occupied the CN Rail line near Belleville, Ont., upset that a federal report on missing and murdered aboriginal women did not call for a national inquiry. CBC

A group of protesters occupied the CN Rail line near Belleville, Ont., upset that a federal report on missing and murdered aboriginal women did not call for a national inquiry. CBC

Police have taken four people into custody after Mohawk protesters calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women occupied CN Rail tracks east of Belleville, Ont.

Provincial police say demonstrators moved onto the tracks Saturday morning in Napanee, leading to CN issuing a stop order for all trains.

Four protesters were taken into custody hours later.

Early Saturday afternoon, Via Rail tweeted that all trains on the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal routes were not running as a result of the blockade.

Demonstrators had vowed on Friday to step up their protest in response to a parliamentary report into missing and murdered aboriginal women that rejected numerous calls for a full public inquiry.

Report doesn't call for national inquiry

Protest spokesman Shawn Brant has said there will be consequences for a national inquiry not being called.

The activists have been blockading a road east of Belleville since last Sunday night.

The release of the missing women report on Friday set off a firestorm of criticism from opposition critics, First Nation leaders and human rights groups.

Liberal and NDP members who sat on the all-party panel issued their own dissenting reports, accusing the federal Conservatives of sanitizing the final report on an ongoing crisis that has caught the attention of the United Nations.

Among its 16 recommendations, the report calls on the Conservative government to work with the provinces, territories and municipalities to create a public awareness and prevention campaign focusing on violence against aboriginal women and girls.

It's estimated there are hundreds of cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada dating back to the 1960s — officially as many as 600, and likely hundreds more unreported victims.

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