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Canada police in standoff with protesters blocking bridge to U.S.

Stock Markets Feb 12, 2022 10:58PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. A man reacts as truckers and supporters continue blocking access to the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit and Windsor, in protest against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada February 11, 2022. REUTERS/Carlo 2/2

By Kayla Tarnowski and Carlos Osorio

WINDSOR, Ontario (Reuters) - Canadian police made the first arrest of a protester blocking a key bridge to the United States on Saturday, more than a day after authorities moved in seeking to end the blockade of the important trade corridor.

Demonstrators opposing government pandemic restrictions have occupied the Ambassador Bridge for the fifth straight day, snarling international trade and prompting President Joe Biden to call for an end to the siege. But there was still no sign when traffic would resume.

Late on Saturday, Windsor Police arrested a 27-year-old male for a criminal offence in relation to the demonstration.

While police have successfully pushed back protesters from the foot of the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit and Windsor, more people were streaming into the area and the operation appeared to have stalled.

As the afternoon dragged on, some Canadians questioned what was behind the delay, given the order issued by a court on Friday to end the blockade and the imposition of a state of emergency declared by Ontario authorities.

"It would essentially send a message that the state is not able to retain control, where it's attempted to do so," Michael Kempa, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News.

"The longer this drags on, the longer people have the idea that what they are doing is not an illegal protest," he said.

The Ambassador Bridge is North America's busiest land border crossing. Since Monday, protesters in trucks, cars and vans have blocked traffic in both directions, choking the supply chain https://www.reuters.com/world/us/gm-cancels-two-shifts-lansing-plant-following-canadian-trucking-protests-2022-02-10 for Detroit's carmakers.

The "Freedom Convoy" protests, started in the capital Ottawa by Canadian truckers opposing a vaccinate-or-quarantine mandate for cross-border drivers, entered its 16th day on Saturday. It has morphed into a wider protest https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/how-ottawas-anti-vaccine-mandate-protests-are-spreading-globally-2022-02-09 against COVID-19 curbs, with people joining in with smaller vehicles, including cars, vans and pick-up trucks.

During a meeting of his top advisers on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed border crossings cannot, and will not, remain closed, and all options remain on the table, a readout issued by his office said.

Early on Saturday, Windsor Police urged demonstrators to act lawfully and peacefully. Officers in black uniforms with yellow vests moved behind the demonstrators' vehicles and, accompanied by police cruisers, slowly advanced on the protesters, pushing them back from the bridge entrance.

OTTAWA PROTESTS ESCALATE

The number of demonstrators had thinned to roughly two dozen early on Saturday from about 200 on Friday night.

"We are opening up this intersection to traffic. If you fail to comply with our instructions you will be arrested," police told the crowd via a loudspeaker.

Protesters moved back in a noisy but peaceful retreat, dismantling tents and barbecues. But since then, police have not progressed, witnesses said. Concrete barricades have been set up in front of the police near the Ambassador Bridge to keep protesters from reclaiming any ground.

Some 4,000 protesters gathered in downtown Ottawa on Saturday and some tore down a fence that had been erected around the National War Memorial. Ottawa Police has established a new command centre consisting to federal and provincial police to respond to the escalation.

Protests have spread to other border points, including two smaller crossings in Alberta and Manitoba and Pacific Highway Border Crossing in British Columbia, strangling trade between the two countries.

Canadian police have said the protests have been partly funded by U.S. supporters and Ontario froze funds donated via one U.S. platform, GiveSendGo, on Thursday.

Toronto-Dominion Bank has frozen two personal bank accounts into which C$1.4 million ($1.1 million) had been deposited in support of the protesters.

The protests have inspired similar convoys and plans in the United States, France, New Zealand and Australia.

In Paris, French police fired tear gas https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/police-stop-50-vehicles-heading-paris-protest-convoy-2022-02-12 at demonstrators on the Champs Elysees avenue on Saturday shortly after a convoy carrying protesters against COVID-19 restrictions made it into the capital.

Ford, the second-largest U.S. automaker, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) Co all have announced production cuts. Companies have diverted cargo to stem losses amid production cuts.

The estimated loss from the blockades just to the automobile industry could be as high as $700 million, based on IHS Markit's data, which puts the daily flow in vehicles and parts at $141.1 million day in 2021.

Canada police in standoff with protesters blocking bridge to U.S.
 

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Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Feb 13, 2022 12:36AM ET
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the far right wants the right to bring down Democractic institutions and replace it with authoritarianism. Now there instigating a national inserection in Canada.
JT Marlin
JT Marlin Feb 13, 2022 12:36AM ET
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Has nothing to do with "right wing" and everything to do with freedom and common sense. You and the rest of the brain washed sheepies have zero right to impose an experimental drug to be injected into other people by force. You can do whatever you want for yourself. If you don't get that concept, consider moving to North Korea, China or Saudi Arabia.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Feb 13, 2022 12:36AM ET
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JT Marlin....So well said Sir!
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Feb 13, 2022 12:36AM ET
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You watch news by the CIA too much
Ludovic Raymond
Ludovic Raymond Feb 13, 2022 12:35AM ET
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Sounds very much like a local yellow vest movement France witnessed a few years ago (to protect against a small gas price increase)
JT Marlin
JT Marlin Feb 13, 2022 12:14AM ET
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Go Canada! Love you.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Feb 12, 2022 11:05PM ET
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the information in my posts was from forbes magazine newsweek and John Hopkins university. the man responsible for this "research paper, was a economist not a medical researcher which makes this paper suspect.
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Ac Tektrader Feb 12, 2022 10:44PM ET
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as you can see the antivaccers who are using John Hopkins university to rationalize their positions through a paper that was nether ask for or instituted by the University. the paper has not been accepted or indorsed by the University, nor has it been peer reviewed, which makes this paper and it's writers suspect.
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Ac Tektrader Feb 12, 2022 10:32PM ET
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The paper is yet to undergo peer-review and has not been shared or promoted by JHU, with the author noting in the document that "views expressed in each working paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the institutions that the authors are affiliated with." But it is nevertheless being widely hailed and promoted by lockdown-skeptics as evidence that the policy has been a failure, with many inaccurately attributing the paper to JHU, even as it was neither commissioned nor endorsed by the university.
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John Laurens Feb 12, 2022 10:30PM ET
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BRILLIANT Canadian fascists! Throw all you truckers in jail.. ROFLMFAO. Wokism is unbelievably hilarious.. and sad for those who actually work.
Stan Smith
Stan Smith Feb 12, 2022 6:58PM ET
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Tyranny must end now or our lives will only get more oppressive!
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Stan Smith Feb 12, 2022 6:58PM ET
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Sidney Glover  Its not a fringe minority Mr Trudeau...lol. Wake up and smell the freedom!
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Stan Smith Feb 12, 2022 6:58PM ET
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Tom Sc  Left side too...
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Trevor Roberts  But just the science that happens to concur with the government narrative. The Science behind the John Hopkins study that states Lockdowns don't work, has all but been ignored
Carlos Azevedo
Carlos Azevedo Feb 12, 2022 6:58PM ET
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Tom Sc this is not about science. This is about freedom. If you want to insert 10 jabs in your body that’s your choice, that’s fine, but don’t mandate others to do it against their will. That’s all. We the peopke are supposed to mandate the government, not the other way around. Take care, God bless you!
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Kris GE Feb 12, 2022 6:58PM ET
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Ac Tektrader , Sure, we all remember the "peaceful" marches by BLM, and Antifa, burning churches, businesses and entire neighborhoods, killing police and civilians, looting the stores, toppling monuments. The terrorism by the minority left wingnuts on the rest of us.
Al Gore
Al Gore Feb 12, 2022 6:38PM ET
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we all need to get out there and fight for our rights
Tom Sc
Tom Sc Feb 12, 2022 6:29PM ET
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these people we are up against ⬇️, I mean how do u argue with people this stupid?
Sidney Glover
Sidney Glover Feb 12, 2022 6:29PM ET
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Tom, I am assuming you mean the Protestors. It is not stupidity, it is greed. Look at all the funding. it is about 50k US dollars per Protestor if not more. These are paid saboteurs.
Christopher Peccia
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BLM destroyed small businesses and crushed local economies. this is needed in order to stop the constant abuse of power by our "leaders" big business can weather this and will appeal to the wanabee dictators maybe they'll wise up... science lmfao
 
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