Canada: State of emergency declared in Ottawa due to anti-vaccine protests



This Monday, February 7, the city of Ottawa, Canada, declared a state of emergency due to the protests that the anti-vaccine movement and radical groups have been holding for more than a week in the city center, according to local media information.

In a statement, the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, pointed out that the situation caused by the protests has caused “the most serious emergency” the city has experienced in its history.

This emergency declaration will allow the Ottawa Police to obtain material and equipment more quickly, according to Jim Watson.

What happens in Canada?

On January 29, a convoy of several hundred high-tonnage trucks and thousands of people They gathered in front of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa called by the anti-vaccine movement and right-wing extremist groups.

A group of more than 200 trucks and hundreds of people continue the protest, blocking some of the streets surrounding the Parliament and causing problems for the surrounding inhabitants.

While the organizers have said that they will not abandon their protest until the government of Canada lifts all restrictions imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the tactics used by the protesters is sound truck horns day and night, which is causing serious inconvenience to the residents.

Faced with criticism for their lack of action since the beginning of the protest, the Ottawa Police began in the last hours to fine and arrest protesters who violate municipal ordinances.

As noted this Monday, February 7, the Canadian public broadcaster, CBC, in the last few hours the Ottawa Police have arrested seven people and issued more than 100 fines for infractions such as transporting fuel and other supplies to truckers.

The Ottawa Police have also requested backup officers from the Canadian Mounted Police and police forces from other nearby municipalities.

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