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Pro-Palestine protesters block train tracks in Winnipeg

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Protesters blocked a CN rail line in Winnipeg Monday calling for a ceasefire amid the Israel-Hamas war.

The group, which describes itself as pro-Palestine supporters, told CTV News they were planning to block the movements of Israeli goods on CN rails. The protesters were seen blocking the rail line north of Union Station until around 7 p.m. Monday evening.

"Over the last week, a number of actions have taken place," said Dasha Plett, one of the organizers of the protest. "Hundreds of thousands of people signing statements and petitions, and all of that has not resulted in Canada calling for a ceasefire. That is what we want immediately."

Israeli forces have been battling Hamas in Gaza this week. Since the deadly surprise attack by Hamas on Oct. 7, Israel has vowed to eradicate Hamas. In the ensuing war, thousands have been killed on both sides of the conflict.

Palestinian authorities say more than 12,700 Palestinians have been killed since the war began.

The group protesting in Winnipeg is demanding the federal government call for a ceasefire.

A spokesperson for CN Rail confirmed they are aware of the situation and are monitoring it.

Via Rail said in an email to CTV News Winnipeg that one train had a minor delay because of the protest and passengers were transported by bus from Assiniboia Downs to Union Station, but added trains are again operating normally.

Winnipeg police confirmed officers were on scene for support as CN put safety measures in place.

-With files from the Associated Press

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