Native protesters abandoned their blockade of an eastern Ontario bridge ended at about 6 p.m. Friday, allowing for the return of traffic to Highway 49 and the Skyway Bridge linking Prince Edward County to the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

The roadway is clear and safe for travel, according to Tyendinaga Mohawk Police, who have charged 13 people as part of a joint operation with the Ontario Provincial Police.

One police officer and two protesters were injured after police dismantled the protest early in the morning.

The protesters said they would not take down the road block until the federal government took steps to resolve a dispute near Cornwall, Ont., where Akwesasne Mohawks are protesting over the decision to arm border guards at the Canada-U.S. border, which falls on their territory.

Police said they decided to move in and stop the bridge protest after all other avenues to resolve the situation were exhausted.

Some protesters left the scene in the morning but others did not, said OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae. Police say three people were injured during the arrests.

A Tyendinaga police officer was treated for a hand injury. One protester was treated for a minor injury and another protester remains in hospital for a back or shoulder injury.

Charged with mischief, resisting arrest, and assaulting police are Paul Edward Van Hooser, 43, of Amherstview; Charles Edward Kloekstra, 37, of Tyendinaga; John Stacey Boots, 38, of Akwesasne; William John Harten, 42, of Tyendinaga, and a 17-year-old youth from Shannonville.

A 17-year-old Tyendinaga youth was charged with mischief and resisting arrest.

Charged with mischief is Terry Maracle, 28, of Tyendinaga, George Zachariah, 65, of Tyendinaga; Dave Barberstock, 45, of Deseronto, Brenden McLaughlin, 19, of Tyendinaga; Benjamin Loft, 30, of Tyendinaga, and a 16-year-old youth.

Shawn Brant, 44, of Tyendinaga, was charged with mischief and breach of conditions.