Canadian police move to remove truckers blocking US border

Yesterday, a judge ordered protesters to end the blockade, which has entered its sixth day (Image: AP)

Canadian police arrived to clear out protesters at the busiest border crossing with the United States.

Activists at Ambassador Bridge are protesting against Canada’s Covid-19 regulations and restrictions.

There has also been a wave of outrage against the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his approach to the pandemic.

About 20 protesters gathered outside earlier today, while others remained in their pickup trucks and other cars.

Yesterday, a judge ordered protesters at Ambassador Bridge – between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan – to end the blockade, which has now entered its sixth day.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in the province, which will allow his cabinet to fine $100,000 and jail sentences of up to one year for those who continue to block roads, bridges, walkways and roads. other critical infrastructure.

Truck drivers protested against Covid-19 missions in Canada (Image: Getty Images)

Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz, of the superior court of Ontario, issued an injunction banning the protesters until 7 p.m. on Friday. However, the deadlines come and go and the blockade still applies.

Windsor Police immediately warned that anyone blocking the road could be arrested and their vehicle subject to impoundment.

As of Monday, drivers who mostly use pickup trucks have crated the bridge connecting Windsor to Detroit, which accounts for about 25% of trade between the US and Canada.

Hundreds of trucks have paralyzed downtown Ottawa over the past two weeks.

There was a party atmosphere there last night and the protesters even set up a concert stage. Trucks have also blocked two other border crossings, in Alberta and Manitoba.

Trudeau said he understands protesters are frustrated by the pandemic, but ‘these blockades are hurting everyday families, car assembly workers, farmers, truck drivers, Canadians. alcohol neck’.

Ambassador bridges account for about 25% of total trade between the US and Canada (Image: Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock)

The protests have caused car parts shortages that have prompted General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Honda to close factories or cancel shifts.

Protesters at the border are decrying vaccine regulations for truckers and other Covid-19 restrictions.

Many of Canada’s infection measures, such as the rule to wear masks and passport vaccines to enter restaurants and theatres, were gone as the Omicron rise subsided.

Pandemic restrictions in Canada are much stricter than in the US, but Canadians have largely supported them.

The vast majority of Canadians are immunized, and the death rate from Covid-19 is one-third of all in the United States.

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