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Police arrest Canadian truck driver-led protest leader

A video shared on Twitter accounts for the so-called “Freedom Convoy” showed protest leaders Tamararich and Chris Barber being detained by police.

Police arrested dozens of protesters this week at a checkpoint between Katz, Alberta and Sweet Grass, Montana, including four charged with plotting to kill police officers. (Reuters)

Canadian police have begun arresting truck driver-led protest leaders who have choked the streets of the capital for three weeks and urged the government to demand emergency authority that is rarely used.

A video posted on the so-called “Freedom Convoy” Twitter account showed that one of the organizers, Tamara Rich, was being detained by police on Thursday night.

Earlier, Rich posted a video of tears saying she was hoping she would be arrested. She called on supporters to flood the capital, and the already-placed truck driver said, “I’m going to stay and fight for your freedom.”

“It would be great if we could come to Ottawa and stand with us,” she said.

However, City Police Chief Steve Bell said access to downtown Ottawa would be restricted to prevent people from participating in the demonstrations, warning of “imminent” actions against those already there.

“I beg for those who are there: get in your truck … and leave the streets of our city,” Bell told reporters.

The previous arrest of another leader, Chris Barber, was also captured in a video shared on the same account.

read more: Canadian truck drivers set foot on the ground ahead of “imminent” police action

Rally against pandemic restrictions

The convoy started with a truck driver protesting the compulsory Covid-19 vaccine to cross the US border.

However, that demand has grown to include the end of all pandemic restrictions and, in many cases, the broader dissident agenda.

At its peak, the move also included a half-dozen blockade across the US-Canada border, including the main route between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.

The demonstrators were given an ultimatum by Bell late Wednesday and left or endangered their arrests and truck seizures.

Police arrested dozens of protesters this week at a checkpoint between Katz, Alberta and Sweet Grass, Montana, including four charged with plotting to kill police officers.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, criticized for not taking decisive action, has launched an emergency law this week empowering the government to deal with a major crisis.

This is the second time such a force has been called in peacetime.

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Source: AFP



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