The RCMP tried to prevent the Canadian truckers from breaking through a barricade at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, BC on Saturday. One truck broke through, and as police scrambled to get reinforcements, the protest expanded from 8 city blocks to 16 blocks.
As the truck broke through the police line, the RCMP swarmed around it. But protesters linked arms and surrounded police, then broke into a “rousing” rendition of the Canadian national anthem.
However, protesters locked arms and circled the police after a rousing singing of “O Canada,” while others cleared hundreds of people to allow the driver a narrow passage on the road leading down to the other trucks, which had crossed before the RCMP strengthened the blockade.
The driver, who didn’t provide his name, told The Epoch Times that his entry into the “forbidden zone” was necessary to demonstrate the importance of the ongoing convoys and protests at other border crossings and in Ottawa.
“I’m here for the long haul,” he said. “Everybody should be off the couch and down here. What else are we going to do if we don’t stand up now for our freedoms?”
According to witnesses, the Freedom Convoy began in Chilliwack, BC, and as it neared Surrey it stretched to about 25 miles long. By the time it actually reached Surrey, it had expanded to about 90 blocks. The roads were clogged with vehicles, and all “feeder” roads were a mess. According to some Canadian media outlets, the border was closed, but one US media outlet said it was open. Some people had to walk about a mile to reach the protest.