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Freedom Convoy leader Pat King livestreams his arrest on social media


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Freedom Convoy leader Pat King was arrested during a police crackdown in Ottawa, Canada on Friday – and he wanted the world to witness it.

King, one of many high-profile leaders of the trucking movement that has swept across Canada and gained global attention, posted a video on Facebook as officers came to arrest him.

“I’m being arrested by these officers right now,” King says in the video, as an officer walks up. “I’m arrested. We’ll talk to you guys soon.”

Moments earlier, an officer had announced his intentions.

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“You are under arrest, sir,” the officer said.

“Why?” asked the king.

King writes in the caption accompanying the post that he was arrested for mischief, advice to commit mischief, advice to obstruct a police officer and advice to disobey court orders.

“I would like to have my lawyer on the phone right away. … I have the right to a lawyer? asks the king.

Pat King, organizer of the Freedom Convoy. (FoxNews)

“Of course it is,” replies the officer.

The video cuts out soon.

King’s apparent arrest followed those of at least two other key convoy organizers.

Other leaders arrested

Earlier, police arrested organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber on Thursday.

Barber was bailed and released Friday evening, with orders to leave Ottawa within 24 hours, CBC reported.

Lich remained in custody. His Friday hearing was rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the report.

Buses full of police were ferried to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill on Thursday, where workers erected fences to protect government buildings, the Associated Press reported.

On Friday, police in Canada’s capital arrested around 100 protesters and towed vehicles away, with other trucks seen driving away amid the police show of force, the AP reported.

Most of those arrested were charged with mischief, the news service reported.

Previous video

Earlier on Friday, King posted a separate video urging truckers to stay peaceful and reminding them that they were within their rights to protest coronavirus rules and other restrictions — as long as they did so legally.

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“I want to say to all four-wheelers, to all four-wheelers right now: you’re all good. You have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom to demonstrate,” King says in the video. “You can get up on the Hill, and you can be on the Hill. The police won’t arrest you if you’re up there acting legally, under the Constitution Act. You can be up there and still protest, The You guys have a right to be on the Hill, so I’m asking everyone to get on the Hill and start protesting.

Truckers have been protesting in Canada for about three weeks in many places across the country, including a major stand last week at the Ambassador Bridge, a Canada-US border crossing that connects Windsor, Ontario and Detroit.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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