Native protesters block Via Rail line near Napanee

The Idle No More movement took to the train tracks Sunday, stranding 2,000 passengers in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor for almost four hours.

About 20 Tyendinaga Mohawks were blocking the way, closing lines for both Via and CN.

VIA Rail released a statement shortly after 8 p.m. saying a Native railroad blockade in the Marysville area, between Belleville and Napanee, could last two to three hours, “with no certainty and could be over momentarily.”

A YouTube video showed passengers on at least one train were taking it all in stride, enjoying drinks and belting out a tune by rock band Journey.

Buses were ordered for passengers, who flooded Twitter with complaints.

“They’re holding the buses. They’re hoping there’s a ray of sunshine at the end of the tunnel,” said Algonquin College journalism student Steven Chmielash, who was taking the train to Montreal from Ottawa.

Provincial police were on the scene near Belleville.

Full service resumed around 9 p.m..

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is in her third week of a hunger strike, where she has been camping out in a teepee on Victoria Island, near Parliament Hill.

Spence wants Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with her and other Native leaders to discuss the feds’ omnibus budget bill and their objections to it.

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