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Convoy of truckers: the police and the demonstrators continue to clash


Protesters and police will continue their clash near Parliament Hill today after a tense day on Friday that saw dozens of arrests amid an increased crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests.

A fourth straight weekend of protests began on Saturday morning, granted on a much smaller scale than other protests seen in recent weeks.

Authorities appeared to take a more aggressive stance against protesters on Saturday morning, pushing through a smaller crowd at one point.

Smoke could be seen in the middle of the fight, which Ottawa police say was caused by protesters.

Senior law enforcement sources say they expect “break your backof the Ottawa protests today, reports CTV News.

“We told you to leave. We gave you time to leave. We were slow and methodical, but you were aggressive and aggressive towards the officers and the horses,” the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement. communicated. stern message saturday morning to protesters.

“Based on your behavior, we are responding by including helmets and batons for our safety.”

Police said they made more than 100 arrests on Friday and towed at least 21 vehicles out of the area around Parliament Hill, which served as a main site for protesters.

The streets were cleared of many vehicles, with some trucks leaving on their own on Friday.

At least 60 vehicles were seen on Saturday morning along Wellington Street, where Parliament is located.

Among those arrested are four key organizers of the protests, including Pat King, Daniel Bulford, Chris Barber and Tamara Lich.

King is the latest person to announce charges after broadcasting his arrest live on Facebook.

On Saturday, Ottawa police confirmed that King, whose full name is Patrick James King, 44, of Red Deer, Alta., is facing mischief charges of counseling to commit the offense of mischief , of counseling to commit the offense of disobeying a court order and of counseling to commit the offense of obstructing the police. According to police, King will appear in court today.

Bulford, a former RCMP officer, drove up near the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel. However, the charges have yet to be officially announced.

The charges against Barber and Lich were announced early Friday morning.

An Ontario judge granted Barber bail and released him on $100,000 bail, on the condition that he leave Ontario by February 23, not publicly endorse the convoy or has no contact with other major organizers of the demonstration.

Lich is due in court in Ottawa this morning.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Freedom Convoy organizers also had their bank accounts frozen, including bitcoin and cryptocurrency funds, following an Ontario Superior Court ruling on Thursday.

Other demonstrators also left because their bank accounts have been frozen and their families have no access to finances, according to the police.

PROTESTERS AND POLICE MEET FACE TO FACE

Protesters have made a number of demands throughout the three weeks of demonstrations in Ottawa.

Many want to see an end to pandemic restrictions and vaccination mandates, including one from the federal government for cross-border truckers, while others have called for the ousting of the Liberal government.

Downtown vehicle parking and truck horns have proven disruptive to local residents and businesses, leading to a proposed class action lawsuit and court injunctions to try to stem the noise.

The protests have also inspired blockades at borders across Canada and other protests around the world.

Despite calls to leave, many of which have, those who remained remain engaged, setting up snow barricades on roads south of Wellington Street, including one outside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, with hockey sticks protruding from the top.

Police have set up more than 100 checkpoints around the city center to keep anyone out except those who work, live or have a ‘legitimate reason’ to be there.

Authorities and politicians have often described the protests as an illegal “occupation.”

Under the Emergencies Act, which the federal government invoked Monday for the first time since it came into effect in 1988, police say those engaged in the protests are breaking the law.

By law, children are also prohibited from participating in protests, and police have accused protesters of putting children in the way of law enforcement operations.

Acting Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell has said so far there is no need to work with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa.

After adjourning debate on the Emergencies Act on Friday, the House of Commons resumed sitting today. A vote to confirm the use of the law could take place as early as Monday.

As the police officer slowly advanced on the protesters on Friday, the situation grew heated at times, with shouts and insults thrown at the police as well as pushing and shoving.

Mounted police responded to protesters on Rideau Street and CTV News saw people drag away a protester after police doused the individual with what appeared to be pepper spray. Another protester claimed an officer punched her.

Other mounted police charged at a large group of protesters later near the Senate House in an apparent attempt to herd the crowd towards Wellington Street. Many shouted, “You are trampling on us.

Ottawa police, meanwhile, say mounted officers were sent in to create “critical space between the police line and protesters,” adding that it was done to create “a safe distance.”

The police also accused the protesters of assault officers and attempt to withdraw their weapons. A person was arrested after allegedly throwing a bicycle at the feet of one of the horses in an attempt to injure it, police say.

Meanwhile, police in cities across Canada are preparing for more protests this weekend.

With files from CTV News and The Canadian Press



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