Canada: Police begin clearing demonstrators blocking bridge linking Canada to US
Feb 12, 2022: According to a report by Al Jazeera, Canada’s police say they are enforcing the judicial order to clear the protesters who occupy an important bridge on the Canadian-America border, when a judge ordered an end to protests against COVID-19 restrictions.
Police proceedings on Saturday have come after demonstrators blocked the Ambassador Bridge, a vital link between Windsor, Ontario, prompting calls from US President Joe Biden to end the blockade. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised Biden immediate action to end the crisis.
The Ambassador Bridge is used daily by more than 40,000 vehicles, along with trucks carrying $323m worth of goods on average, about one-quarter of all Canada-US trade. Companies have diverted cargo to stem losses amid production cuts by companies including Ford.
On Friday, a judge granted an injunction to end the occupation, while the province of Ontario declared an emergency.
Earlier, Toronto-Dominion Bank froze two personal bank accounts into which $1.1m had been deposited to support protesters fighting the government’s pandemic measures, a bank spokesperson has said.
Meanwhile, Toronto police have expanded road closures in the city’s downtown area in advance of expected protests in solidarity with protests in Ottawa.
Canada’s Federal Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has said that the “illegal blockades are impacting trade, supply chains & manufacturing.
“They’re hurting Canadian families, workers & businesses,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Glad to see the Windsor Police & its policing partners commenced enforcement at and near the Ambassador Bridge. These blockades must stop.”
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