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Canada: Police arrest protesters, clear main border bridge

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Canadian police have seized dozens of vehicles and arrested several people who blocked the Ambassador Bridge last week to protest the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 and the government. A vital trade route on the border with the United States has been cleared but not yet open to traffic. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said he hoped the road would be operational again in the next few hours.

Determined to clear the busiest border crossing in North America, Canadian police set about clearing the Ambassador Bridge and arresting protesters in the area.

It all comes after tense clashes between uniformed men and protesters as on Friday, February 11, a highway in Windsor, Ontario leading to Denver, USA, was unblocked by a court order.

“Police operations continue in the area of ​​the demonstration with detentions. Vehicles are being evacuated. Continue to avoid the area,” the Windsor police said on their Twitter account, without specifying the number of people detained in the past few hours.


This Sunday, the public forces have stepped up their presence with more than 50 vehicles. Among them are buses and an armored car. Since Saturday, the number of protesters has dropped from 100 to 45 people.

“There will be zero tolerance for illegal activities,” Windsor police added.

“We hope the vital route between Canada and the US will be reopened soon.”

The protest called “Freedom Convoy” this Sunday began 17 days in the capital Ottawa on January 28, but since February 7, the demonstration, which was attended by hundreds of truckers, has spread to border routes in the province of Ontario. and neighboring Manitoba, causing havoc by blocking traffic in both directions.

The situation caused commercial and economic damage. Even auto giants such as Ford and General Motors reported on Thursday, February 10, that they were forced to close their plants or cut production due to obstacles to transporting production parts between the two countries.

“We hope that it will be open today (…) The police are completing the activities they are engaged in. We are also working on a plan to maintain control of this road in the future,” said the mayor of the city of Windsor. , Drew Dilkens, after being interrogated about the opening of the Ambassador Bridge.


The bridge carries approximately $360 million worth of cargo per day, representing 25% of the value of all merchandise trade between the US and Canada.

And in the face of the ensuing chaos, US President Joe Biden last week asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use federal powers to end the blockade.

Protests erupted in several cities across Canada on Saturday, with about 4,000 people taking part in downtown Ottawa. Nearly 1,000 protesters gathered in the financial capital of Toronto, even as authorities closed major access roads to the central business district.

From initial opposition to the vaccination ban on truckers crossing Canada into the United States, the movement has evolved into a broader protest against all restrictions related to Covid-19, the carbon tax and Trudeau’s liberal government. In addition, he highlighted the restrictions associated with the pandemic around the world.

Brussels foresees coming blockades of ‘freedom convoy’ movement

Canada’s “freedom convoy” has been replicated in distant countries such as France, New Zealand and Australia amid the anger of many citizens over two years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, in Paris, the protest was largely contained by a massive deployment of a public force after the authorities issued a decree banning protesters from entering the city. They did this as soon as the caravans announced their departure from Nice in southern France with the intention of reaching the capital of the country.

The activists also announced that they would later travel to Brussels, where most of the EU institutions are located, to express their dissatisfaction with the restrictions, which they consider a violation of civil liberties. That city also vetoed his entry.

However, this Monday, February 14, the authorities foresee significant traffic violations due to the “freedom convoy”, in connection with which they asked citizens not to enter the Belgian capital by car.

With Reuters and local media

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