Rail line tampering is 'terrorism': Security expert

Mohawk protesters block a railway line on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory between Belleville and...

Mohawk protesters block a railway line on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory between Belleville and Deseronto, Ont. as part of the national Idle No More protests. (Luke Hendry/QMI Agency)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:05 PM ET

OTTAWA - The sabotage of a CN Rail crossing signal during an aboriginal protest and rail line blockade near Belleville, Ont. over the weekend should be seen as an act of terror, says one security expert.

"This is a low-level, low-grade form of terrorism," said John Thompson, with the Mackenzie Institute think-tank. "It's not as dramatic as car bombings and so on and so forth, but ... the use of vandalism is a form of violence."

CN Police says it's investigating after a group of Idle No More protesters allegedly activated a crossing signal Saturday afternoon, and lit a fire on the tracks.


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