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As ‘Freedom Trucker’ Protests Spread, Ottawa Mayor Threatens Arrests

When protesters are crying “tyranny”, threatening to arrest them only bolsters their point.

In Canada, new COVID quarantine rules for truck drivers have set off a massive protest in the capital city of Ottawa, and now the demonstrations are spreading from coast to coast.

The rules, which would sideline any unvaccinated drivers for 14 days after they cross the US border, are being lambasted by Canadians of all political stripes.  They see the COVID control effort as a quick way to stagnate not only the income generated by these hard-working Canucks, but also a bane to the shipping industry as a whole.

In Ottawa, authorities have declared a state of emergency over the parked big-rigs, and are now issuing threats to any Canadians who seek to bring supplies to the protesters.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon as approximately 500 trucks and vehicles with the “Freedom Convoy” continue to linger in the streets of the Canadian capital to protest vaccine mandates. 

“Declaring a state of emergency reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the ongoing demonstrations and highlights the need for support from other jurisdictions and levels of government,” the city said in a statement.

The statement went on to explain that the emergency declaration offers the city greater flexibility “to manage business continuity for essential services for its residents and enables a more flexible procurement process, which could help purchase equipment required by frontline workers and first responders.”

And then, almost unthinkably…

The declaration came hours after the Ottawa Police threatened to arrest anyone who brings gasoline or other material support to the truckers.

“Anyone attempting to bring material supports (gas, etc.) to the demonstrators could be subject to arrest. Enforcement is underway,” the police announced in a tweet emblazoned with “IMPORTANT.”

The protest itself, which is largely rooted in a belief that the government is overstepping their authority, will likely only be fueled by these threats, which seek to silence protesters.

Cross-posted with Flag and Cross

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