Tensions between the 1000’s of Canadian truckers and Ottawa police reached a boiling level Friday, as over 100 protestors had been arrested.
Hundreds of officers, some horseback in riot gear, closed in on the clogged up streets of Ottawa, Ontario and dragged away protestors in handcuffs via the snow. Authorities eliminated 21 automobiles from the streets, as the 2 sides clashed, with many protestors remaining defiant. Authorities mentioned that almost all protestors had been arrested on expenses of mischief.
Ottawa police issued a warning Friday afternoon to “Freedom Convoy”, threatening to arrest anybody inside the illegal protest web site. The group had been in Ottawa protesting the nation’s vaccine mandates, blocking the streets, many wielding Canadian flags and “F*** Trudeau” banners.
“You must leave,” Ottawa police mentioned, by way of Twitter. “You must cease further unlawful activity and immediately remove your vehicle and/or property from all unlawful protest sites. Anyone within the unlawful protest site may be arrested.”
According to Ottawa Police, one particular person was arrested for allegedly trying to hurt a police service animal after throwing a bicycle at a horse’s toes. Per movies posted on Twitter from the scene, police appeared to trip via the group on horses, trampling a number of protestors that had fallen.
After the movies unfold all through social media, Ottawa police launched a assertion saying they had been unaware of any accidents.
“We hear your concern for people on the ground after the horses dispersed a crowd,” Ottawa police mentioned. “Anyone who fell got up and walked away. We’re unaware of any injuries. A bicycle was thrown at the horse further down the line and caused the horse to trip. The horse was uninjured.”
OutKick’s Clay Travis referred to as out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter Friday, for his dealing with of the protest.
“Justin Trudeau had two options with the Canadian truckers,” Travis wrote. “1. Announce an finish to masks & vaccine mandates whereas mendacity & claiming covid success. (This is what Democrat US governors did.) 2. Attack peaceable protesters. He selected choice two:
“This is not only a failure of governance and a descent into authoritarian tyranny, it’s also imbecilic rule. By attacking the Canadian truckers he’s making his own country a world pariah & elevating the truckers to heroes. He gains nothing and loses massively.”
“Illegal blockades and occupations have threatened businesses, endangered jobs, and obstructed communities for three weeks now,” Trudeau wrote. “This week, to revive public order and shield Canadians because the scenario evolves, our authorities invoked the Emergencies Act.
“We’ll continue to make sure municipal, provincial, and federal authorities have the resources they need, and do whatever is needed to keep people safe and get the situation under control – and we’ll make sure your rights and freedoms are protected. That remains our top priority.”
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