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Windsor Protest Blocks Ambassador Bridge Entrance, Not Part Of Idle No More: Chief

01/16/2013 04:00 EST | Updated 03/17/2013 05:12 EDT
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FILE - In a June 24, 2011 file photo, the Ambassador Bridge, spanning the Detroit River and linking the U.S. and Canada, is seen from Detroit. Officials have reached an agreement to build a new Canadian-financed bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, a massive construction project that could create thousands of jobs and increase international trade, the Michigan governor’s office announced Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
WINDSOR, Ont. - Several hundred protesters have blocked an entrance to the Ambassador Bridge as part of a day of action to show support for Canada's First Nations.

Marchers, including members of several southwestern Ontario First Nations, converged just short of the busy international bridge's entrance today, with many carrying flags and signs calling on the federal government to listen to aboriginal concerns.

There is a line of transport trucks about a kilometre long, waiting to get by.

Police say some traffic is blocked from getting onto the bridge to the United States (northbound on Huron Church Road) but another entrance (at Wyandotte Street) remains open.

The company that owns the bridge says it will open a nearby parking lot in order to move the marchers off the road and allow the trucks to pass.

Organizers have said the protest would not be a blockade but a peaceful march that's not part of the Idle No More protests that have been held across the country in recent weeks.

The Idle No More movement began last month in protest of a federal government omnibus bill that First Nations groups say threatens their treaty rights set out in the Constitution.

(CKLW, The Canadian Press)

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