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Canada: Ottawa police cleanup operation leaves dozens of detainees

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On Friday, February 18, an operation was carried out to expel protesters against sanitary measures that paralyzed the center of the Canadian capital, and united in a movement called the Freedom Convoy. According to the police, 70 people were detained.

On Friday, February 18, Canadian police began an operation in the morning to evict hundreds of trucks, cars and people opposed to the sanitary measures taken in Canada due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Since Thursday, hundreds of police have taken to the streets of the capital to evict protesters who refuse to leave despite multiple warnings and a state of emergency in Ontario since February 11.

Police prepare to transport detainees as they begin to break up a protest organized by anti-vaccination truckers on February 18, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. © SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Tow trucks towed several vehicles blockading the center of the capital, and protesters dug in behind mounds of snow to slow the advance of police making arrests to end a move that challenged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.

Canadian police announced that they have arrested dozens of protesters since the operation began. “As of 3:00 pm, we had arrested 70 people on charges of multiple crimes,” Acting Police Chief Steve Bell said. He added that the operation, which is going “according to plan”, will take “time”.

The detained protesters, for the most part, offered no resistance. On some streets covered with fresh snow, cars were also evacuated. Authorities have asked the protesting citizens to leave the area if they do not want to be arrested.

“You must leave. You must cease all illegal activity and remove your vehicle and/or property from all illegal protest sites immediately. Anyone at the site of an illegal protest may be detained,” the police tweeted.

Two movement leaders arrested

Since Thursday, police have been deployed en masse to the city center. He established a security perimeter, putting up a hundred barricades to control entry into the area.

At night, agents arrested two leaders of the movement. Tamara Leach, who started the so-called “Freedom Convoy”, is accused of inciting “crime”.

And Christopher Barber is charged with the same offense, as well as incitement to disobey a court order and obstruction of police work.

Calling the situation “shaky,” Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said on Thursday that the “illegal border blockade” has cost the Canadian economy billions of dollars.

Parliamentary activity suspended

Canada’s House of Commons will be closed on Friday for exceptional security reasons, its president, Anthony Roth, said.

“Today’s session (Friday) is canceled,” he said in a statement. For the first time since the beginning of the protest, which began in late January and takes place mainly in front of the federal parliament, parliamentary procedures have been suspended.

“If you are not on the premises of the House of Commons, please stay away from the city center until further notice,” Rota said. “If you are already inside the buildings, please stay inside the building and wait for instructions from the Parliamentary Guards,” he continued.

Mark Holland, leader of the government in the House of Commons, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that MPs hope to “reopen on Saturday”. “The House will do its job, and early next week MPs will vote for a bill on emergency measures,” he added.

What are the risks of protesters with the Emergency Measures Act

The debate began on Thursday after the prime minister addressed the position on Monday. This is only the second time that this rule has been applied in peacetime: the first time in 1970, when Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the father of the current president, ruled.

Prime Minister Of Canada Justin Trudeau During A Press Conference On February 14, 2022 In Ottawa.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau during a press conference on February 14, 2022 in Ottawa. AFP – DAVE CHANG

The state of emergency law allows authorities to confiscate protest trucks and prosecute those who arrive in the capital to join the blockade. Protesters could be fined, lose their driver’s licenses and be denied entry into the US.

The application of this law allows to freeze the bank accounts of individuals or companies associated with the demonstration, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland explained on Thursday.

A Demonstrator Holds A Banner During A Truckers' Protest Against The Pandemic And The Trudeau Government In Front Of The Canadian Parliament In Ottawa February 16, 2022.
A demonstrator holds a banner during a truckers’ protest against the pandemic and the Trudeau government in front of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa February 16, 2022. © Ed JONES AFP

The column of truckers and their supporters began their journey from British Columbia, thousands of miles from the capital, and arrived in Ottawa at the end of January.

Truck drivers opposed the application of the ordinance, which required them to show proof of vaccination at the U.S.-Canada border when they return from that country.

The caravan gradually expanded with protests from citizens criticizing the health restrictions imposed in the country of 38 million people.

With AFP, EFE and Reuters

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