Canadian MPs are being asked to refrain from Ottawa’s central area during an operation by the police
According to the speaker, a Canadian Parliamentary Session was cancelled Friday after a police operation that sought to expel Freedom Convoy demonstrators.
“An operation by police is planned for Wellington Street and the surrounding areas in Ottawa’s downtown. After discussion with the leaders of all recognised parties, today’s sitting has been canceled due to extraordinary circumstances.,” Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota said in an email sent to MPs in the morning and quoted by media outlets.
The parliamentarians were set to continue debate on the decision by Justin Trudeau’s government to invoke the Emergencies Act amid mass protests across Canada.
Rota called on his colleagues and parliament staff who had not yet arrived at parliament, to “Please stay out of the city’s core area until further notice.”
Ottawa police told residents to expect an increased presence of law enforcement officers “Downtown core” on Friday.
“This may cause distress for some residents. Your safety is our top priority.,” the police said on Twitter.
The warning was also sent to protestors. saying that “Under federal and provincial legislation,” they would “face severe penalties” if they don’t cease “further unlawful activity” and don’t remove their trucks and property “From all illegal protest sites”
The Freedom Convoy demonstrations originally started as a truckers’ protest against Canada’s vaccine mandate. But, they have become a complete anti-government protest because of the brutal measures taken by authorities to quell them.
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