Canadian police have cleared the Ambassador International Bridge this Sunday morning, which links Canada and the US, and which had been blocked for a week by anti-vaccines. Dozens of officers have arrested some of the anti-vaccine protesters who have resisted leaving the protest.
Around 8:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. GMT), the Police informed the dozens of people who were blocking access to the Ambassador Bridge that they would proceed to make arrests if they did not immediately leave the protest. Some of the protesters, who oppose the measures taken to combat the pandemic, have decided to leave the area but another group has stood firm. The Police have expelled journalists from the area and have begun to make arrests among the protesters who resisted.
The Police have also removed the vehicles that the protesters used to block access to the Ambassador Bridge, the most important land crossing between Canada and the United States and through which some 400 million dollars in merchandise circulate daily. After clearing the protesters, the police said on Twitter that they will continue to act in the protest area and that they will not tolerate the slightest “illegal activity” for fear that the blockade will be reproduced.
The beginning of the protest
The protest on the Ambassador Bridge began a week ago when several dozen truckers blocked access in solidarity with anti-vaccine protesters who have occupied downtown Ottawa for 16 days. Given the passivity of the Police, the protesters in Windsor prevented the traffic of goods and individuals for days, which has caused serious damage to the economies of the two countries. At least six auto assembly plants on both sides of the border have had to scale back or cease production.
The police operation to restore normality on the international bridge, which connects the cities of Windsor (Canada) and Detroit (USA), began on Saturday morning, after a Canadian judge ordered the dissolution of the protest and that the government of the province of Ontario declared a state of emergency.
Meanwhile, the blockade at other border crossings in western and central Canada continues, as well as the occupation of downtown Ottawa, where some 400 trucks and hundreds of people block access to the Canadian Parliament.