Canadian Police Seize Sting Warrant Demonstration Fuel | West Central Daily

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Police in Canada‘s capital have seized thousands of liters of fuel and removed a tanker in a crackdown aimed at ending an 11-day protest against federal government health measures and vaccination mandates, according to the police. “We’re turning up the heat any way we can,” Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly told reporters. “We are requesting a major surge of resources in the next 72 hours.” The “Freedom Convoy,” made up largely of truckers, began as a movement against a Canadian vaccine requirement for cross-border drivers. But he has since become a rallying point against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tough measures to fight the pandemic. This weekend, police counted 1,000 trucks and 5,000 protesters, compared to 3,000 trucks and 10,000 to 15,000 protesters last weekend, Sloly added. Ottawa woke up to its second week of what its political and police leaders now describe as a siege, with Sloly saying the occupation has gone beyond anything he can adequately handle. The protests were largely peaceful. A short stretch of Metcalfe Street in downtown Ottawa, home to Canada’s Parliament, central bank and buildings including Trudeau’s office, smelled of campfire on Monday. A group of trucks, cars and tractors without trailers carried signs mocking everything from vaccines and mandates to Canada’s carbon tax. A sign showed a poster of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees rights including life, liberty and security of the person – subject to “reasonable limits”. Bundles of water bottles, briquettes and diapers were stacked next to open white tents with food tables. There was also evidence of pushback from residents. Small signs in the ground floor windows of a building a few blocks away said: “GO HOME MORONS” and “VACCINES SAVE LIVES”. The Canadian government, which has refused to back down on the issue, will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon to discuss the blockade. Trudeau, who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, will not be present. Trudeau and his family moved out of their downtown home after truckers began arriving in Ottawa and his location has not been released due to security concerns. Late night horns and occasional fireworks disrupted the normally quiet life of downtown Ottawa residents. An Ottawa court will hear a request for an injunction to end the loud honking that downtown residents say has become incessant and unbearable. Lawyer Paul Champ, who is representing the plaintiffs, told Reuters on Sunday he expects police to “to some extent” enforce an injunction if the court grants it. On Sunday evening, police began removing gas and fuel supplies from a logistics encampment set up by protesters after the city’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Sunday. A well-organized supply chain – including portable saunas, a community kitchen and bouncy castles for children – supported the protesters. It relied in part on funding from supporters across Canada and the United States, police said. Canadians have largely followed government health measures and almost 79% of the eligible population have taken a double dose of the vaccine. But recent polls suggest frustrations with the restrictions are growing. Australian Associated Press

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