So far, the police alert doesn’t seem to have had much effect. Many truck owners tell Canadian Radio CBC They will continue the demonstrations and allow themselves to be arrested without defending themselves.
Hundreds of large trucks have blocked downtown streets in the Canadian capital in recent weeks. There are now about 400 vehicles in the center. They started as a protest against the vaccine demand for truck drivers crossing the US-Canada border. Demonstrators also paralyzed traffic at several border crossings with the United States, but the blockade there has been lifted in recent days.
Reuters interviewed two protesters who are struggling to keep warm in the cold winter weather in Ottawa. Jean-Philippe and Gabrielle say they sat in a small swimming pool to show the world how Canadians pretend.
– We are not terrorists and we do not have weapons. We support freedom, and for our children to avoid vaccinations and masks, the two say.
Rely on the exemption law
After several days of alarm and disturbance at all hours of the day, the Ottawa authorities decided that prohibit shouting. Providing supplies to protesters has also been criminalized.
Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adopted an extraordinary provision to exempt the police and give the police expanded powers to flush out protesters.
– An illegal siege and occupation is not a peaceful way to protest. This must end, Trudeau said in a speech to the National Assembly.
The Exemption Act has not been used since 1970. It is said to give authorities expanded power in times of crisis when a situation would endanger the life, health or safety of Canadians.
So far, the French news agency reported, dozens of protesters have been arrested and several cars have been confiscated. The authorities also froze bank accounts and banned krona from entering as income for the protests.
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