Police arrested scores of protesters and removed vehicles in Canada’s besieged capital, and a group of trucks under pressure, raising hopes of authorities to end a three-week protest against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions. The stream began to leave. At least 100 people have been arrested, mostly on charges of mischief, and nearly two dozen vehicles were towed, including all that blocked one of the city’s major roads. Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell said one officer suffered minor injuries, but no protesters were injured.
The police “continue to move to control our roads,” he said, adding that “we will work day and night until this is done.” Four protesting leaders are also among those arrested. One got bail, while the other remained in jail. The crackdown on the self-declared independence convoy began when hundreds of police, some in riot gear and some carrying automatic weapons, descended into the protest area and began handcuffing protesters through snowy streets. Tow truck operators arrived under police escort and began clearing hundreds of large rigs and other vehicles parked side by side near Parliament. The police broke down the doors of at least one RV camper before they could chase it down.
Scuffles broke out everywhere, and the police repeatedly clashed with the protesters and pushed back the crowd amid the cries of the demonstrators. Later, police on horseback were used to disperse the crowd for some time. Police said the protesters assaulted the officers and tried to take their weapons. Some began breaking instruments to a stage where they played music for weeks, saying they didn’t want to destroy it. Several protesters stood in front of one of the largest police enforcement actions in Canadian history, involving officers from across the country.
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