Canada’s capital city of Ottawa has recently declared a “state of emergency” as cops have started to crack down on the “Freedom Convoy” by blocking supply lines for fuel.
In a news release on Sunday as the demonstrations over the nation’s vaccine requirments and coronavirus restrictions that have headed into the second week, the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson said that the protesters pose a “security and safety” threat to the residents of Ottawa:
“Declaring a state of emergency shows how serious the threat to the security and safety of residents posed by the protests that are ongoing and highlights the support needed from other levels of government and jurisdictions. It also gives greater flexibility to the municipal administration that allows the City of Ottawa to better manage business continuity for any essential services for the residents of Ottawa and allows a more flexible procurement process, which might help buy equipment that is needed by first responders and frontline workers.”
The Ottawa police have simultaneously released a statement on Sunday, which accuses the protesters in Ottawa of exhibiting unlawful and disruptive behavior.
“The Ottawa Police unit and its partners have worked through the night to decrease the impacts of protesters in the downtown area, improve neighborhood safety and respond to calls for service,” the dept. stated.
“Overnight, the protestors exhibited highly unlawful and disruptive behavior, which has presented certain risks to the public’s safety and unacceptable distress for the Ottawa residents,” it added. “We have continued to advise demonstrators not to come into Ottawa, and to go back home.”
Among other charges, the police allege that the protesters have employed excessive use of red light violations, fireworks and “using a no-truck route.”
The Ottawa police have also warned that individuals aiding the protesters with fuel or supply lines will be arrested as videos have poured over the internet of police seizing fuel that people had brought in to support the truckers.
“Anyone that attempts to bring material supporting the demonstrators might be subject to arrest.” the police tweeted.
Since the “Freedom Convoy” started in Canada this past week, the protests have gained traction in other provinces. In Alberta, for instance, truckers have formed a blockade at the United States border while tow companies have refused to aid police.
Premier Scott Moe stated last Wednesday that Canadians should have a conversation on when the Covid restrictions will come to an end.
“It is time for us to have an honest conversation about Covid what our path forward is,” he stated. “What I am about to say might sound radical to some and some quite frankly will not like it, but eradicating Covid is not a realistic goal and Covid zero isn’t achievable. But normalizing Covid and living with the virus most certainly is.”