Inside the Katz Freedom Convoy near the US border in Alberta, southwestern Canada


Katz, Alberta — In the windy southern part of Alberta, it’s nearly impossible to drive to the scene of a truck driver protesting by Katz near the Canadian-US border.

Only locals, civil servants, or qualified media are allowed to pass the RCMP line and sheriffs are allowed to block the road.

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On February 10, 2022, Katz of Canada, across the Canadian-US border, a convoy of vehicles set a blockade to protest the COVID-19 order. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)

Truck drivers have closed major border crossings since late January and are demanding that COVID-19 be lifted. The protest is part of the first major movement initiated by truck drivers in opposition to the federal government’s request that all cross-border drivers be vaccinated with COVID-19. Since the rally of large convoys of trucks and other vehicles in Ottawa on January 29, other similar protests have occurred in various parts of the country.

About 30km north of Coots, a truck driver trying to cross the south of the border with a cargo signal on Thursday, February 10 is waiting to pass.

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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)

But that doesn’t seem to happen right away — at least not today.

About 10km south, convoy supporters such as trailers, semi-trucks and pickups are beveled along the highway in the median strip.

They also cannot reach Coutts.

Both Canadian and American flags are flying from trailers and built booms. There is also a banner with the word “Freedom Convoy” printed in bright red. Protesters can be seen baking breakfast.

Here, a second RCMP and sheriff blockade will prevent opponents and supporters from heading to Katz.

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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)

One officer told The Epoch Times that supporters had the right to protest. They may do so from here, but they can’t go to Katz.

Clusters of various media vehicles are gathered in the exclusion zone.

After showing the media credentials, the reporter cleared the checkpoint and finally arrived at Coots. It is a quiet village where few residents (or anyone) can be seen on this particular day.

This is the main body of Freedom Convoy along the border.

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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)

In the suburbs of the village, semi-trailers line up on both sides of the highway, with flags and flags fluttering in strong winds.

Most vehicles seem empty. Unlike your stereotyped protest, it’s eerily quiet. There were only a few men and women in bright safety vests in a place called the “smuggler saloon” where something seemed to be cooking.

You can see light supplies coming and going here and there.

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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)
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A vehicle parked by Katz in southern Alberta, Canada, on February 10, 2022, as part of a protest that blocked the Canadian-US border and demanded the removal of COVID-19 obligations. (Michael Wing / The Epoch Times)

At the southernmost tip of the convoy, a line of “monster” tractors line the shoulders, median strips, and shoulders on a split highway, blocking all access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection via the semis. ..

There is no way for anyone on a big rig to get through here.

It is possible that cars will meander through the town and become accessible.

Flagged pickups and the word “freedom” by the window will take you to a leisurely shuttle, but otherwise there will be less traffic.

Apparently, the approximately 40 vehicles camping here aren’t happy anyway and don’t want to be vacated soon.

Michael Wing

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Michael Wing is a Calgary-based writer and editor in Canada, born there and educated in the arts. He mainly writes about culture, human interests, and trend news.

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