Idle No More protesters accused of 'dangerous' rail signal tampering

The Idle No More movement hit the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie Saturday. Protesters marched along one...

The Idle No More movement hit the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie Saturday. Protesters marched along one lane of traffic to the centre of the bridge. (John Law/QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:37 PM ET

Canadian National Railway Police are investigating a dangerous case of tampering with crossing signals during an aboriginal blockade of a rail line east of Belleville, Ont., over the weekend.

CN spokesman Jim Feeny said railway staff witnessed the tampering Saturday afternoon after protesters went to the same location "where Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte had blockaded the week before."

"They were observed going to the crossing signals, tampering with them," Feeny said. "The crossing signals were then activated and then subsequently a fire was lit - first on the tracks, but then moved to the side of the tracks."

Feeny said innocent people could be killed in any accident caused by railway signals that aren't working properly.

"It's a serious issue for us because tampering with signals of any kind is illegal and poses a great threat to the public," he said. "We have to have absolute confidence that our signals are working perfectly in order to be able to operate


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