Ontario Provincial Police warn of delays as protests slow traffic on Highway 401 from Cornwall to Napanee

The OPP said it was monitoring an ongoing blockade of protesters traveling on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario on Wednesday.

The protest has started in Cornwall and is expected to end in Napanee, Ont., The OPP said on Wednesday morning.

Police warn that the protest could slow traffic on this section of the highway and ask motorists to be careful.

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Police say they are working with the protesters, who they say are acting in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people who oppose a pipeline project that would cross First Nation territory in northern British Columbia

Similar blockages of solidarity, including a prolonged blockage of a CN rail line in Tyendinaga, Ontario., was held last year in eastern Ontario in support of people protesting the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

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New protests and blockades have started on the project, which is half-completed, leading to the arrest of 15 people last weekend, including two journalists, who were on a pipeline construction site.

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The OPP said its primary goal in handling the blockades in Ontario on Wednesday is to keep traffic safe while allowing protesters “a safe and peaceful opportunity to exercise their legitimate rights, while by minimizing the impact on the traveling public “.

At 8 a.m., the OPP said the blockade was passing through Morrisburgh, Ontario.

– With files from Phil Heidenreich and Jessika Guse of Global News

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