Another protest planned at Cornwall crossing – bridge to close

Another protest planned at Cornwall crossing – bridge to close

CORNWALL, Ontario – Another protest on the Seaway International Bridge is likely to snarl traffic to kick off a long weekend in Cornwall.

Native protesters are expected to gather, peacefully, for a march at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Cornwall police said Tuesday they are expecting traffic on the bridge to be impacted, though no one seems to know for sure exactly what is planned for the protest.

The last protest on the bridge, this winter, caused a bridge shut down.

“Due to the protest activities, the normal flow of traffic leaving and coming into Cornwall may be interrupted,” police said in a release. “In the best interest of those involved the bridge as well as in the area of the traffic circle will be closed upon the protest commencing.”

The traveling public should check ahead for road closure information and to monitor local media for information.

The Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy is spearheading the protest, calling for a meeting with the federal government to improve relations with native groups.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is also supportive of the protest.

The native groups have argued they are the subject of discrimination at the border crossing in the city.

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