Police arrest last protesters at US-Canada border, traffic set to resume — Analysis
Authorities are reopening the key crossing on the US-Canada border after clearing it from ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters
Canadian authorities tried to clear out the last protestors from Ambassador Bridge after closing the Windsor, Ontario border crossing with barricades last Wednesday.
On Saturday, police began to arrest non-compliance demonstrators. They also started towing trucks supporting the anti-Covid mandate driver protest. According to authorities, police pushed the protesters away from bridge and made arrests.
The spokesperson for Windsor Police, Sgt. Steve Betteridge told reporters approximately 12 people were arrested from the protests and claimed there were no violent incidents between demonstrators and police.
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“I am very pleased to say of those 12 arrested there was no violence at all. No violence from the protester and the officers did not have to use, use of force,”He said.
My Star colleagues @KotsisStar@WStarCampbell report more arrests with police pushing down Tecumseh Road, here’s Sgt Steve Betteridge with Windsor police speaking to why police action took place over Saturday and Sunday. He says it’s a fluid situation – as we’re seeing now. pic.twitter.com/FLtt05XrgK
— Kathleen Saylors (@KathleenSaylors) February 13, 2022
Nearly 10 other vehicles were also towable after refusing move. On Sunday, the bridge should reopen.
After a prolonged blockade, Friday’s chief justice of Ontario Superior Court issued an injunction directing protesters to vacate the site that night.
The footage shows the police pushing demonstrators back and creating lines. “shame on you.”Local media reported that crowds started to thin after the arrests, when police outnumbered remaining protesters. A few footages show that there are only a few police officers for every protester who is taken into custody.
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