‘Truly surreal scene’ as police begin to move in on ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters

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Canadian police began attempts to remove “Freedom Convoy” protesters from the Ambassador Bridge Saturday morning in an effort to end a six-day blockade taking place at North America’s busiest international crossing as tensions mounted, with demonstrators yelling, “Freedom!” and some singing “O Canada.”

At about 8 a.m. EST, Windsor police announced that they would begin making arrests.

“Enforcement continuing, individuals who are located within the demonstration area are subject to arrest,” the Windsor police tweeted. “People are advised to immediately vacate the area.”

Several protesters told Fox News that they intended on staying and vowed to continue to demonstrate peacefully against Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s massive government overreach.

“We’re staying here for our rights, we’re not just walking out of here after this,” one protester proclaimed. “We’ve gone around and policed ourselves. We’ve said there’s no way anybody intends to get violent.”

Dozens of police officers lined up to approach protesters near the foot of the bridge on the Canadian side of the border.

On Friday evening, a judge issued an injunction allowing the police to start arresting protesters. Initially, that was supposed to take effect at 7 p.m. By midnight, no moves by the police were seen. It wasn’t until Saturday morning that the police began to move in to eject the protesters or arrest them.

“One by one, we’ll start towing the cars if required,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens proclaimed on Friday, a few hours before the judge’s deadline.

The Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, also declared a state of emergency on Friday, promising “severe” consequences for those who took part in blockades at the bridge and elsewhere in the province, including demonstrations in the nation’s capital of Ottawa. He asserted that those who don’t leave the blockades could face a maximum penalty of $100,000 and up to one year in prison.

“So let me be as clear as I can, there will be consequences for these actions, and they will be severe. We’ve already started by going after the money funding the illegal occupation,” Ford warned.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told CNN that he expects even more demonstrators over the weekend.

“It’s completely unacceptable,” Watson raged. “Particularly in the neighborhoods where some of the protesters are going into restaurants and refusing to wear a mask and harassing staff and really being belligerent to the residents of our city.”

Threats of sending in the military have also been made and bank accounts that have accepted donations to the truckers are being frozen.

A convoy is forming in the United States and DHS is already blustering over it, “The convoy will potentially begin in California as early as mid-February and arrive in Washington, DC, as late as mid-March, potentially impacting the Super Bowl LVI scheduled for 13 February and the State of the Union Address scheduled for 1 March.”

Two trucker convoys are reportedly being organized in the United States that will head to the US-Canada border in Buffalo on Saturday and Sunday, according to CNN.

“Nor have the organizers contacted our Special Events Office to arrange for the appropriate insurance and public safety planning that is required for all events in the City to ensure the health and safety of residents and visitors,” Buffalo city spokesperson Michael DeGeorge informed CNN. “It is always a concern when laws that are designed to keep people and property protected are willfully ignored.”

“If you joined the protests because you’re tired of COVID, you now need to understand that you are breaking laws,” Trudeau said during a Friday news conference. “You don’t want to end up losing your license, end up with a criminal record, which will impact your job, your livelihood.”

The Trudeau government is preparing to send more officers to protests across the country.


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