Canada police begin towing trucks to clear Ottawa protests

Canada police begin towing trucks to clear Ottawa protests
# 18 February 2022 21:36 (UTC +04:00)
Police began towing trucks from central Ottawa on Friday and stepped up arrests of protesters in a bid to end a trucker-led movement that has blockaded Canada's capital for three weeks and embarrassed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government, APA reports citing Reuters.
The protesters have lined heavy trucks outside parliament and Trudeau's office, and Ottawa police, fearing escalation or violence, had sought to disperse them with fines and threats.
But with dozens of trucks still occupying downtown, police on Thursday arrested two of the movement's leaders and charged them with mischief. By Friday, after a night of heavy snow, officers had set up 100 road blocks near the protest site to deny people access and starve it of new supplies, like food and fuel.
"You must leave. You must cease further unlawful activity and immediately remove your vehicle and/or property from all unlawful protest sites. Anyone within the unlawful protest site may be arrested," Ottawa Police wrote on Twitter.
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