The Canadian police have begun an operation to forcibly remove freedom truckers from impeding through traffic, particularly on the Ambassador Bridge.
The Windsor Police & its policing partners have commenced enforcement at and near the Ambassador Bridge. We urge all demonstrators to act lawfully & peacefully. Commuters are still being asked to avoid the areas affected by the demonstrations at this time.
— Windsor Police (@WindsorPolice) February 12, 2022
“The Windsor Police & its policing partners have commenced enforcement at and near the Ambassador Bridge,” the Windsor Police reported. “We urge all demonstrators to act lawfully & peacefully. Commuters are still being asked to avoid the areas affected by the demonstrations at this time.”
Global News have reported that APCs and snipers have been spotted at the scene.
Police surrounded the protesters front and back. Large police armoured personnel carrier has been brought up in the distance. Snipers on the roof of customs building. pic.twitter.com/sI295G7hUV
— 𝚂𝚎á𝚗 𝙾’𝚂𝚑𝚎𝚊 Global News (@ConsumerSOS) February 12, 2022
Ezra Levant of Rebel News weighed in on the disturbing development.
Trudeau had deployed snipers against a peaceful, unarmed protest.
— Ezra Levant 🍁🚛 (@ezralevant) February 12, 2022
Police formed a line across the bridge.
— Danielle Bochove (@daniellebochove) February 12, 2022
Police earlier staked out a position near the bridge.
New: Police are in position to clear the Windsor Ambassador Bridge protest imminently. pic.twitter.com/qBF7yAZ8lM
— Thomas Daigle (@thomasdaigle) February 12, 2022
Reinforcements for the Freedom Convoy have arrived.
Vehicles blocking the Ambassador Bridge pulling out one by one. Still being cheered on by protesters as dozens of police officers have surrounded them. pic.twitter.com/e2ZAWUrJun
— Thomas Daigle (@thomasdaigle) February 12, 2022
CBC News had reporting on the ground.
— Katerina Georgieva (@KatGeorgieva) February 12, 2022
On Friday, the Ontario police began handing out notices on the Ambassador Bridge, which is one of the most important bridges in North America.
BREAKING: Ontario Police have begun handing out notices on Ambassador Bridge. Effective midnight tonight pic.twitter.com/L0zIn7v0qe
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 12, 2022
Earlier on Friday, the head of state for Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the President of the United States, Joe Biden, held an emergency call on the Freedom Convoy protest.
The Freedom Truckers had effectively carried out a trade embargo that has blocked the major thoroughfares between the U.S. and Canada. Through traffic on the Ambassador Bridge, one of the most important bridges in North America, had been brought to a standstill.
The economic pressure being brought to bear has led to several Canadian provinces toppling to the demands of the protesters. Alberta and Saskatchewan announced an imminent end to vaccine mandates. On Friday, the Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, simultaneously announced massive fines of up to $100,000 and potential imprisonment for up to a year for Freedom Convoy protesters, while conceding a pathway to ending the vaccine passports.
Biden and Trudeau held the emergency call on Friday amid such escalating economic and social pressure stemming from widespread civil disobedience to the vaccine mandates. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the contents of the call at a press conference.
“The two leaders agreed that the actions of the individuals who are obstructing travel and commerce between our two countries are having significant direct impacts on citizens’ lives and livelihoods,” Psaki said.
“The President expressed his concern that United States companies and workers are experiencing serious effects, including slowdowns in production, shortened work hours, and plant closures,” Psaki said about the call.
“The prime minister promised quick action in enforcing the law and the president thanked him for the steps he and other Canadian authorities are taking to restore the open passage of bridges to the United States,” she added.
Justin Trudeau shared the contents of the call in an update on Friday afternoon.
Today, @POTUS Biden and I spoke about the illegal blockades at the border – I updated him on the situation, and we discussed the American and global influence on the protests. We agreed that, for the security of people and our economies, these blockades cannot continue.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 11, 2022
“Today, @POTUS Biden and I spoke about the illegal blockades at the border – I updated him on the situation, and we discussed the American and global influence on the protests,” he said. “We agreed that, for the security of people and our economies, these blockades cannot continue.”
The White House on Thursday called on the Trudeau government to use its federal powers to “end the truck blockade by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions,” the AP reported.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discussed the situation with Canadian officials. They urged their Canadian counterparts “to use Federal powers to resolve this situation at our joint border,” the report noted.
The protests have even forced automobile factories to scale back production, as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is offering to intervene to end the trucker-led embargo. She issued the following statement on the standoff.
“My message is simple: Reopen traffic on the bridge,” she said.
“It is imperative that Canadian local, provincial, and national governments de-escalate this economic blockade,” she added. “They must take all necessary and appropriate steps to immediately and safely reopen traffic so we can continue growing our economy, supporting good-paying jobs and lowering costs for families.”
TUCKER: There is a report just out, we can’t verify it, but that the Governor of Michigan…has offered Canadian authorities the use of heavy equipment to move trucks off the Ambassador Bridge…
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) February 11, 2022
Tucker Carlson on his show Thursday reported back-channel talk that the Whitmer regime may be offering the Canadian authorities heavy equipment to forcibly remove tractor trailers.
Trudeau on Friday insisted that such an economic blockade was illegal and that the full powers of the Canadian government could be brought to bear to end it.
“If you’ve joined the protest because you’re tired of COVID, you now need to understand you are breaking laws,” he said, adding that “the consequences are becoming more and more severe.”
“The border cannot and will not remain closed,” Trudeau continued. “Everything is on the table, because this unlawful activity has to end and it will end.”
Asked if that entailed military action, Trudeau said, “we are a long way from ever having to call in the military,” but added that “of course, we have to be ready for any eventuality.”
When it comes to the use of brute government force to shut down a peaceful protest, it appears as if that “eventuality” has already begun.
This is breaking news it will be updated as more information is forthcoming…
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