Canada ‘Freedom Convoy’: Ottawa police arrest 7, threaten fees for others caught bringing gasoline to truckers

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Canadian police introduced Monday that seven individuals have been arrested and greater than 100 have been issued tickets in connection to “demonstration-related enforcement” in Ottawa. 

This comes after Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon as roughly 500 vehicles and autos with the “Freedom Convoy” continued to linger within the streets of the Canadian capital to protest vaccine mandates and different coronavirus-related restrictions.

Ottawa Police Service issued a warning earlier Monday that “anyone found bringing fuel to the demonstration trucks in the red zone could be subject to arrest and charges.” 

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A number of autos and gasoline have been seized. 5 of the seven arrests had been for unspecified mischief. A sixth particular person was charged for driving whereas prohibited and a seventh for mischief “relating to property damage of a downtown business,” police said in a press launch. 

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Greater than 100 Freeway Site visitors Act and different “Provincial Offence Notices” had been issued for offenses together with extreme honking, driving the incorrect means, faulty muffler, no seat belt, alcohol available and having the improper class of driving license, police mentioned. 

To date, 60 prison investigations associated to the demonstration have been opened, primarily for mischief, thefts, hate crimes and property harm. Confederation Park has been absolutely cleared and fenced.

Ottawa Police Service has acquired 100 Ontario Provincial Law enforcement officials to help with demonstrations. 

Watson mentioned in an announcement Sunday that declaring a state of emergency “reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the ongoing demonstrations.” 

“This is a siege — it is something that is different in our democracy than I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly mentioned on Saturday. “We do not have sufficient resources to adequately and effectively address this situation.” 

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The “freedom truck convoy” has attracted help from many U.S. Republicans together with former President Donald Trump, who referred to as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “far left lunatic” who has “destroyed Canada with insane Covid mandates.” Ontario Premier Doug Ford has referred to as the continuing protest “an occupation.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned Saturday that he and the state’s lawyer normal would examine GoFundMe after the crowdfunding on-line platform shut down the Canadian “Freedom Convoy” official fundraising marketing campaign. Confronted with fraud allegations, GoFundMe then walked again its stance about redistributing the funds and mentioned it will be refunding the hundreds of donors mechanically.

The convoy has since turned to the Christian fundraising web site GiveSendGo to gather donations. 

Every day Put up’ Jon Brown and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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