Update: Defiant truckers stay put after deadline to clear off bridge, threats of fines, seized vehicles

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Following an order by a judge in Windsor, Ontario to vacate the Ambassador Bridge border crossing and awaiting a police crackdown that never came, defiant “Freedom Convoy” demonstrators stayed in place overnight protesting vaccine mandates and government overreach by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The injunction was filed by the city of Windsor and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, which argued that they were losing as much as $50 million per day because of the convoy, according to the BBC.

The protest is reportedly beginning to impact the supply chain which is already a mess and has allegedly affected car production by Ford, GM, Honda, Chrysler’s parent company, and Toyota due to the shutdown of the Ambassador Bridge connecting Ontario to Michigan.

Windsor Police issued a statement to “make demonstrators clearly aware that it is a criminal offense” to block the border crossing. The police stated that a criminal conviction could lead to the seizure of vehicles and the inability to enter the US.

“Our message to you is do not come,” Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly said. “And if you do commit unlawful acts, there will be consequences.”

At approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, more than 100 protesters remained at the bridge according to CBC News as police failed to take any action against them.

“Do you think I care? Do you think I care about a fine?” one protester declared, according to Fox News. “I’m going to pay a fine? No. You think I care about their mandates? No. This needs to end.”

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens stated on Friday that the government wants to see the protesters leave voluntarily but steps will be taken to have them removed if they refuse.

A state of emergency was declared in Ontario, with law enforcement stating that arrests and the impounding of vehicles would begin at midnight. That threat never played out and the situation was reportedly not tense.

Meanwhile, the protests have spread not only to America, but to New Zealand, France, Austria, Finland, Germany, Denmark, and other nations.

Fox News’ Jesse Watters, who is the host of “Jesse Watters Primetime,” called the convoy a “great awakening” that was “happening all across North America.”

“The establishment is scared,” he remarked. “Moms have turned against them, Hispanics are turning against them, now blue-collar workers are turning against them. The great awakening is happening all across North America.”

“The continent’s best and brightest aren’t walking through the halls of Washington or Ottawa,” Watters added. “It’s like comedian George Burns once said: ‘Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.'”

(Video Credit: Fox News | Jesse Watters)

Fox News host Sean Hannity declared that the government was “starting a fight.”

“All hell will break loose… people may die… they’re going to what, take their rigs, their livelihoods away from them? They’re going to fine them $100,000 each? They’re going to put them in jail for a year?” he asked.

“To me, the answer is obvious, restore freedom, leave the heroes of the pandemic alone,” Hannity asserted.

(Video Credit: Fox News | Sean Hannity)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) also spoke up in defense of the “Freedom Convoy.”

“I’m all for it,” Paul proclaimed during an interview Friday with the Daily Signal. “Civil disobedience… is a time-honored tradition in our country from slavery to civil rights to you name it. Peaceful protest, clog things up, make people think about the mandates.”

“And some of this, we started,” he added. “We put [COVID-19] mandates on truckers coming across the border from Canada so then they put mandates on, and the truckers are annoyed. They’re riding in a cab by themselves, most of them for eight, 10-hour long hauls, and they just want to do what they want to do. It’s their own business.”

“I hope the truckers do come to America,” Paul emphatically stated.

Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) commented on Friday in a tweet: ‘Trudeau says ‘This unlawful activity has to end and it will end.’ You know what’s unlawful? Forcing private businesses close their doors for two years and forcing people to inject their bodies with an experimental vaccine. It’s time for THAT unlawful activity end.”

Ottawa and other Canadian cities are bracing for a flood of “Freedom Convoy” protesters over the weekend as Los Angeles police and DHS warn over protests around the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to Fox News.


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