Two cases, including one case in which civilians were seriously injured during a protest against the COVID-19 order in the capital on Friday and Saturday, February 18 and 19, were reported by Ontario police agencies. He said he was investigating police activities in Ontario.
In a news release The Special Investigation Unit (SIU), published on February 20, said a 49-year-old woman was “seriously injured” after “interacting” with a Toronto police officer riding a horse around 5:14 pm on February. Was reported. ” 18 on Rideau Street and Mackenzie Avenue in Ottawa.
Police pushed the protesters forward on February 18, and in some cases knocked down people. Videos circulating on social media show police riding in a crowd of protesters. When the spectators shout, they can be seen lying on the ground as the horses pass through the area. I hear a man saying, “I just trampled on that woman.”
OPS initially stated on February 18 that it was unaware of post-incident injuries.
“I’m listening to your concerns about the people on earth after the horses have dispersed the crowd. Anyone who has fallen up and walked away. No injuries. The bike was thrown further downstream and the horse stumbled. The horse was unharmed. “
Ottawa police trample protesters with horses.
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— Marie Oaks (@TheMarieOakes) February 18, 2022
SIU also investigated an incident involving Vancouver Police officers who “fired a non-lethal weapon Enfield (non-lethal firearm) at individuals in the Sparks Street and Bank Street areas” around 7 o’clock in downtown Ottawa. Said that. February 19, 18:00 pm. “No injuries have been reported at this time,” said SIU, a police-independent private agency, about the second incident.
Authorities said six investigators and two forensic investigators were assigned to these cases.
Correspondingly, the OPS Post to Twitter On February 20, “We respect the surveillance process and always cooperate fully,” he said.
The incident occurred after police escalated an operation against protesters in Ottawa on February 18, arresting more than 100 people and towing more than 20 vehicles that day. Mounted police and police officers sometimes advanced the protesters on foot, and horses knocked down the protesters.
The demonstration began with a protest by truck drivers against the federal government’s vaccination obligations, which require truck drivers returning from the United States to Canada to be fully vaccinated if they want to avoid 14 days of quarantine upon re-entry. A large truck convoy gathered in Ottawa on January 29, with many supporters from around the world calling for the end of all COVIDs, which quickly became a national movement and then a global phenomenon. became. 19 obligations and restrictions.
On February 20, OPS threatened to “actively identify” those participating in the protests in Ottawa and “follow up economic sanctions and criminal accusations.”
— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) February 20, 2022
At a press conference On the afternoon of February 20, OPS said the federal emergency law helped to carry out its work successfully.
In another Twitter post on February 20, OPS said 191 people were arrested and 79 vehicles were towed.