Additional officers to be deployed to Canada’s capital amid truck protests

Police in Canada’s capital said about 150 additional officers will be deployed to areas of Ottawa worst affected by the days-long protest against Covid-19 warrants.

Embattled Chief Constable Peter Sloly has given no indication when the protest will end and police expect it to resume this weekend.

The ‘freedom truck convoy’ drew support from former US President Donald Trump and the opposition Conservative party in Canada, but a Conservative party politician broke with his party and said the protest must end .

“I spent the week suffering the siege of Ottawa,” tweeted Conservative politician Pierre Paul-Hus. “I demand that we clear the streets and stop this occupation controlled by radicals and anarchist groups.”

Protesters walk with bags past trucks (Adrian Wyld/AP)

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Protesters walk with bags past trucks (Adrian Wyld/AP)

Mr Sloly acknowledged that “confidence has been affected” as Ottawa residents are furious with the horns, traffic jams and harassment they have faced.

Many complain that the police haven’t done much and they call it an occupation.

“We’ve never seen this level of protest that seeped into our residential neighborhoods, and in hindsight 20/20, if we knew it was going to seep into the neighborhoods, we would have deployed more resources in those neighborhoods,” Deputy Police Chief Steve Bell said.

“We listened to our community.

“They are upset, they are scared.”

Thousands of demonstrators protesting vaccination mandates and other Covid-19 restrictions descended on the capital last weekend, deliberately blocking traffic around Parliament Hill.

Police estimate there are about 250 left, but Bell said he expects 300 to 400 more trucks this weekend and more than 1,000 protesters on foot.

Video: British Transport Police officer filmed detained man ‘hitting’ (Liverpool Echo)

A British Transport Police officer filmed a detained man ‘hitting’

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He added that up to 1,000 counter-protesters are also expected.

Many Canadians were outraged after some protesters urinated and parked on the National War Memorial.

We danced at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A number carried signs and flags with swastikas.

Some have compared vaccination mandates to fascism.

Protesters have said they will not leave until all mandates and Covid-19 restrictions are gone.

They are also calling for the removal of Justin Trudeau’s government, although he is responsible for some of the measures, most of which were put in place by provincial governments.

Late Thursday, federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had approved the mayor’s request for the national police force to support municipal police.

Organizers, including those who espoused racist and white supremacist views, had raised millions for the “freedom truck convoy” across the country against vaccination mandates and other restrictions.

Demonstrations are also planned in Toronto and Quebec.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance, a federation representing carriers across the country, has estimated that 85% of drivers in Canada are vaccinated.

He opposes the dispute.

Some of the demonstrators are protesting a rule that came into effect on January 15 requiring carriers entering Canada to be fully immune to the coronavirus.

The United States has the same rule for carriers entering the United States.

So if the Canadian government removed it, it wouldn’t change anything.

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