Police began arresting protesters Friday to break a three-week siege of the Canadian capital by truck drivers angered by the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Police said some of the protesters surrendered and were taken into custody. Some were seen carrying handcuffs.
Police took their first step to end the traffic jam with the arrest of two protest leaders late on Thursday. He closed most of the city’s area to outsiders to prevent the self-styled independence convoy from coming to the aid of the protesters.
The capital represented the movement’s final bastion after three weeks of demonstrations and a blockade that closed border crossings into the US, causing economic damage to both countries and causing a political crisis for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau .
In previous weeks, officials were hesitant to go against many protesters across the country, fearing violence. The demonstrations attracted right-wing extremists and veterans, some of whom were armed.
Ottawa police clarified on Thursday they were preparing to end the protest and remove more than 300 trucks with a warning from Ottawa’s interim police chief: “Action is imminent.” Washington state lifted the indoor mask mandate.
Washington’s statewide indoor mask mandate, one of the few left in the US, will lift on March 21 in most places, including schools and child care facilities, Gov. And attendance at large events starting March 1 will not require vaccine verification or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
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s korea limits crowd
South Korea will expand restaurant dining hours but maintain a six-person limit on private social gatherings as it wrestles with a huge coronavirus wave fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant. The 1,09,831 new cases reported on Friday were another record and a nearly 25-fold increase from the levels seen in mid-January, when Omicron became the country’s leading strain. More than 5,16,000 infections were counted in the past seven days alone, pushing South Korea’s caseload to more than 1.75 million. Ever since the delta variant arrived in the country, the cases have been increasing very rapidly.
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