US tells Canada to stop trucker protests at border — Analysis
According to the White House, traffic disruptions caused by Canadian anti-vaccine mandate protestors is detrimental for Americans.
Alejandro Mayorkas (US Homeland Security Secretary) and Pete Buttigieg (Transport Secretary) have called on their Canadian counterparts. “use federal powers” to stop truckers protesting against Canada’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate from blocking the busiest border crossing between the two countries.
For four straight days, angry truckers blocked traffic at the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario. CBC News reports that the last bridge access point was shut down on Thursday morning. Windsor Police have requested that drivers take alternate routes.
Mayorkas and Buttigieg were open to the offer “full support”in the resolution of the crisis.
“US and Canadian border and customs authorities are working with great urgency to ensure the continued flow of goods and services across our international border, leveraging alternative land routes, as well as air and sea options,”A White House official stated the following:
“We know that disruptions like these hit hard-working American families the hardest,”According to CBC News, the White House stated this. The outlet was further informed by a US official that Washington was in the process of working “around the clock”The matter will be resolved.
Drew Dilkens Windsor Mayor stated that authorities were ready to initiate “physically”If protesters are not disrupting traffic, they will be removed.
Canadian police stated that on Thursday, protestors had used truck and farm equipment in order to block the crossing linking Pembina, North Dakota, to Emerson Manitoba. They also blockaded the Coutts Access Point between Alberta, Montana.
Truckers claim that their livelihoods are at risk due to the pandemic restrictions and vaccine mandate. They began the so-called ‘Freedom Convoy 2022’ rallies in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, last month. Some are calling for Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada to resign.
Trudeau, who says the vast majority of the country’s truckers have been fully vaccinated, has taken a harsh stance against the protests.
“Blockages, illegal demonstrations are unacceptable and are negatively impacting businesses and manufacturers,”On Wednesday, the PM stated. “We must do everything to bring them to an end.”
Trudeau claimed that the protesters wanted to “blockade our economy, our democracy, and our fellow citizens’ daily lives.”
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