8 Feb 2022
Ottawa Declares State of Emergency over COVID-19 Trucker Protests in Canada
The Index Today
Ottawa has declared a state of emergency following week-long protests and demonstrations by truckers against new vaccine and COVID-19 mandates.
Mayor Jim Watson contended that the Canadian capital was “losing its battle” to unruly protestors who refer to themselves as the “Freedom Convoy”.
The ongoing protests pose a serious risk to the safety and wellbeing of residents during the current COVID-19 pandemic. There have also been reports of racially-motivated attacks on people as a direct result.
Last month, the country introduced a new law that mandated vaccines for truck drivers who transport goods across the U.S.-Canada border. This sparked a slew of protests in the nation’s capital.
The state of emergency will afford Ottawa extra authority and faculties, comprising access to equipment used by frontline and emergency services officials. This comes as a necessity as the protests are also evolving to accommodate far-right, extremist criminal entities.