Dozens arrested as Ottawa police crack down on Freedom Convoy (VIDEOS) — Analysis
Numerous scenes of violence unfolded when officials tried to disperse anti Covid mandate protesters
Ottawa Police went on the offensive against ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters in Canada’s capital on Friday, using the stocks of their guns, horses, and pepper spray to disperse crowds, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers.
After repeatedly declaring that the demonstrations were illegal, armed riot police entered the scene and warned those who participated in the actions to not leave the area.
A viral video shows protestors being trodden by horses-mounted police officers, and another showing an officer brutally kneeing a man on the ground.
Police officers were also recorded beating a downed protester with a gun stock and ripping a Canadian flag out of another person’s hand.
Police pepper-sprayed journalists and protesters on Friday. Andrew Lawton, a journalist claimed to be pepper sprayed even though he was not pepper sprayed. “several feet away from their front line”Follow through “every order to move back.”
Ottawa Police confirmedOn Friday there were 70 arrests, but some reports put the total at 100. Two of the key organizers behind protests were detained on Thursday.
Numerous Canadian MPs condemnedTrudeau is accused of ordering the violence by police officers “authoritarian, military style measures”How to Deal with “peaceful protesters.”
The Canadian government has repeatedly accused the protesters – who have been demonstrating against Covid-19 restrictions and mandates outside Parliament since late last month – of attempting to overthrow the government.
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