After Getting Court Order Trucker Doing Protest And Start Brawling With Police

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Police in Canada has begun evicting dozens of truckers on an Ontario bridge where they have been protesting all week against pandemic restrictions, a demonstration that began in the country’s capital, Ottawa. Law enforcement arrived Saturday morning to clear protesters at the border crossing that connects the cities of Windsor, Ontario, with Detroit, Michigan.

“Windsor Police have begun enforcing the law near the Ambassador Bridge,” reads a tweet referencing a judge’s order that on Friday gave the green light to the move. “We urge all protesters to act legally and peacefully,” he adds. Ontario’s premier had declared a state of emergency on Friday in order to implement tougher measures against truckers, who have disrupted traffic between the two countries in a key step for transporting goods, especially for the auto industry in Detroit.

The police officers, who wore thick jackets but did not wield shields or other riot gear, stood in a line Saturday morning and approached the protesters cautiously and progressively. Vehicles began leaving the site just before 10:00 a.m., with horns blaring as they departed. At the intersection closest to the bridge, some protesters remained in the street, clashing with police.

Following the order of Judge Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court, police on Friday night distributed leaflets to truckers indicating that as of Saturday the state of emergency would take effect in Ontario and that the blockade of the bridge was “illegal”.

Previously, the Canadian province declared a state of emergency due to the blockade of anti-vaccine truckers. The prime minister of this region, Doug Ford, announced the measure in which he has indicated that the authorities will impose fines of up to 100,000 Canadian dollars (about 70,000 euros) and penalties of up to one year in prison to those who block or prevent the traffic of vehicles.

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The shutdown has caused disruption to the auto industry on both sides of the border. The “Freedom Convoy” protests, started in the national capital Ottawa by Canadian truckers opposed to a vaccination or quarantine mandate for cross-border drivers, entered their 16th day on Saturday. This movement has expanded to other borders, such as in France and the Netherlands, where carriers are also protesting measures similar to Canadian ones.

On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden and pledged to end the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor to Detroit. In addition to the blockade in Windsor, protesters are blocking two other border crossings in the center and west of the country. And in Ottawa, some 400 trucks and hundreds of people have been blocking the streets surrounding Parliament for two weeks despite repeated calls by authorities to end the “illegal occupation” of the Canadian capital.

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