18 Feb 2022
COVID-19: Canada to Put an End on Trucker Protests
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Canada is all set to end the three week-long trucker protests centered in Ottawa with police preparing to make arrests and mete out hefty fines to the scofflaws.
This comes after the recent demonstrations against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions weakened an already beleaguered economy, compelling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canadian history.
Protestors have been disputing Canada’s recent vaccine mandates that have made it compulsory for truck drivers to get the COVID-19 vaccine before transporting goods across the border to the U.S. They had blocked key bridges across the country, including the Ambassador Bridge in Ontario which is a vital bridge for economic trade between the two nations.
Ottawa’s interim Police Chief Steve Bell said to the press on Thursday, "We absolutely are committed to end this unlawful demonstration. We have the plan, we have the commitment, [and] we have the resources."
So far, police have already apprehended a few protestors including Chris Barber, who was instrumental in arranging the protests and procuring the funds for the same.
©Photo: Financial Times