Canadian MPs have been told to stay away from central Ottawa amid a police operation
A Canadian parliamentary session was canceled on Friday due to a police operation to evict Freedom Convoy protesters, the president announced.
“A police operation is expected to take place on Wellington Street and other locations in downtown Ottawa. Given these exceptional circumstances, and after discussion with all recognized leaders of the party, today’s session is canceled“said House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota in an email sent to MPs in the morning and quoted by the media.
Parliamentarians were expected to continue the debate over the decision of Justin Trudeau’s government to invoke the Emergencies Act amid mass protests across Canada.
Rota called on his colleagues and parliament staff who had not yet arrived in parliament, to “stay away from downtown until further notice.”
Ottawa Police Recount residents expect an increased presence of law enforcement”downtown” Friday.
“We know this can be distressing for some residents. Officers are there to protect your safety“, said the police on Twitter.
He also issued a warning to protesters, saying this “under provincial and federal laws,” they would like “face severe penalties” if they do not cease “other illegal activities“and not remove their trucks and their belongings”of all illegal protest sites.”
The Freedom Convoy protests originally began as a protest by truckers against Canada’s vaccine mandate. However, the harsh measures adopted by the authorities to suppress the protests turned them into a full-fledged anti-government action.
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