Freedom Convoy: The last of Canada’s Covid-19 demonstrations may end soon as Ottawa police warn of the consequences of being
Freedom Convoy: The last of Canada’s Covid-19 demonstrations may end soon as Ottawa police warn of the consequences of being

Freedom Convoy: The last of Canada’s Covid-19 demonstrations may end soon as Ottawa police warn of the consequences of being

“You have to leave the area now,” the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement announcement to protesters Wednesday. “Anyone who blocks streets or helps others block (off) streets commits a criminal act and you can be arrested.”
Many protesters have promised to persevere for as long as necessary, and the federal government has moved to adopt emergency powers to freeze financial support of the protests despite opposition in parliament.
Beginning with a group of truckers who arrived in Ottawa in late January and protested against a vaccine mandatethe protest has turned into a general broadcast of complaints about all Covid-19 security protocols.
The incessant noise, the closure of the area’s businesses and reports of hate crimes and vandalism by protesters has exacerbated the nerves of many residents.
After criticism for the protracted situation and the recently resigned of the chief, Ottawa police added in their statement that anyone who comes to the capital to take part in the protest can have their vehicles seized. An indictment or conviction “could lead to denial by crossing the border into the United States,” the statement said.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, a non-profit organization funded by the Ontario government, is urging protesters to take care of their children while police continue to end the protest.

“If parents and children are separated following the efforts of the police to end the demonstration in the center, CASO will work to reunite families as soon as possible,” the organization said in a statement.

The latest actions from the police are coming as border crossing blocks along the Canadian-US border are lifted this week.

There were no delays at the Emerson checkpoint in Manitoba Thursday morning. according to the Canadian Border Service website, following the peaceful departure of protesters on Wednesday, ended the last remaining border disturbance. No one was charged, no vehicles were towed and no one was injured, officials said.

Conservatives in parliament are protesting against emergency powers

While authorities work to clear demonstrations in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan will invoke the Emergency Preparedness Act ending the protest and cutting off financial support is being criticized by the opposition leadership in parliament.
Candice Bergen, interim leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, said on Wednesday that the party would not support a federal government proposal to use those powers. according to CNN news collection partner CTV.

Bergen said Trudeau did not do enough to end the demonstrations before invoking the action, CTV reported.

“The first action he takes when he has a chance to do something – he does not go through steps one, two, three – he goes straight to 100 and invokes the emergency law,” Bergen told CTV News. “I do not think anything we want to see will change our opinion, we will be against it.”

The law, passed in 1988 and never used before, may temporarily suspend citizens’ right to free movement or assembly. It can also provide for the use of the military, but Trudeau has said it would not be necessary.

In order to invoke powers under the Emergencies Act, the government must propose a proposal to Parliament and the Senate explaining why federal officials need the powers and specifying what action will be taken, then both Parliament and the Senate must confirm the proposals, according to CTV.

The debate on Parliament’s proposal begins on Thursday, and a vote will be held soon, said Prime Minister Mark Holland, a member of Trudeau’s Liberal Party.

Trudeau said that invoking the action “is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people’s jobs and restoring faith in our institutions.”

Trucks parked on Wellington Street, in front of Parliament Hill, during a demonstration in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday.

4 charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the Alberta protest

While the shutdown of Ottawa is underway and the Manitoba blockade dissolved without confrontation, authorities ending other border demonstrations earlier in the week were met with some resistance.

Ontario police announced the arrest of up to 30 protesters while clear out a blockade Sunday in Windsor, near the Ambassador Bridge, a critical link for U.S. and Canadian trade connecting to Detroit.
The Ottawa police chief is leaving his post, city officials said during ongoing protests

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

In Coutts, Alberta, police received a warrant and searched three trailers Monday in connection with a small, organized group in a major protest at the border between Alberta and Montana. More than a dozen firearms, several sets of armor and a large amount of ammunition and high-capacity magazines were seized, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. said.

Four people have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the Coutts border blockade, the RCMP said on Tuesday. Other charges include possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and misappropriation of over $ 5,000, police said.

“Monday’s seizure of weapons and subsequent arrests speak to the serious criminal activities taking place during this protest and illegal blockade,” Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said in a video statement issued Tuesday. “The dangerous criminal activity that took place away from television cameras and social media was real and organized, and it could have been fatal to civilians, protesters and officers.”

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Nine other people were arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and misappropriation of over $ 5,000.

The crossing that connects Coutts with Sweet Grass, Montana, is now open, Zablocki said.

“I’m happy to share with the Albertans that the border is completely open, traffic is moving smoothly through, and all protesters have moved out of the area,” he said. “We maintain a presence at this time to ensure that the border remains a safe passage for Albertans.”

CNN’s Paula Newton, Jenn Selva, Chris Boyette, Artemis Moshtaghian, Miguel Marquez, Kelly McCleary, Holly Yan and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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