| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Canada police start to clear protesters blocking key US-Canada bridge

More than 12 hours after a court order to end the blockade took effect, Canadian police began clearing activists blocking a bridge connecting the United States and Canada, according to authorities.

On Saturday morning, the Ambassador Bridge, North America’s busiest land border crossing, was closed for the fifth day in a row. About 15 trucks, automobiles, and pick-up vans blocked traffic in both directions, suffocating Detroit’s automakers’ supply chains.

“We urge all demonstrators to act lawfully and peacefully,” Windsor Police stated in a tweet, urging commuters to stay away from the demonstrations’ affected regions.

On the bridge, police in black uniforms with yellow vests were spotted moving behind demonstrators’ autos. From roughly 200 protesters obstructing the bridge on Friday night, the crowd has decreased.

Protests against the government’s severe pandemic measures, including vaccine mandates, have reached their third week in Canada.

On Saturday, the “Freedom Convoy” protests, which began in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, by Canadian truckers opposed to a vaccinate-or-quarantine mandate for cross-border drivers, entered their 16th day.

Protests have spread to three border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge, suffocating bilateral trade.

  • Reuters