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Toronto police arrest several people at rail line protest

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Several people have been arrested at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the city’s west end that blocked rail lines for hours Tuesday.

Demonstrators set up at a railway line at Osler Street and Pelham Avenue near The Junction around 3 p.m. and said they planned to stay there for hours.

Toronto police estimate there are about 100 to 120 demonstrators at the scene. Just before 7:30 p.m., officers began to arrest demonstrators as they tried to clear the rail lines.

Four people were taken into custody, police said. Roads reoepned shortly after 9 p.m. when demonstrators cleared the area.

Metrolinx said the demonstration did not disrupt GO train and UP Express services. In a brief statement, a CP Rail spokesperson said it was aware of the protest and in contact with local authorities.

Correction

An earlier version of this story said that at least five people were arrested. Toronto Police confirmed that the number of poeple arrested was actually four. 

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