Ottawa police make first convoy protest-related arrest


Ottawa police announced on February 1 that they had made their first arrest in connection with a “free convoy” protest in Ottawa since January 29.

Regarding two arrests related to separate cases, Ottawa police revealed the name of the indicted individual and the type of violation, but released some other details in it. Press release..

Matthew Doken, a 29-year-old man from Ottawa, was arrested for mischief for less than $ 5,000. Police said no arrests were made on the day of the breach on January 29, to avoid greater conflict.

Andre J Lacasse, a 37-year-old man also from Ottawa, was charged with carrying weapons at the meeting on January 30.

It is unclear what the mischief is related to, what kind of weapons were carried, and whether the individual is known to the police.

The Epoch Times contacted Ottawa police for more information, but was returned to a press release.

Ottawa police also said in their announcement that 13 investigations were currently underway in connection with the protests.

Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly Provided an update On January 31st of his service during the protest, he said some of the investigations were related to bribery, assault threats, and dangerous operation of vehicles.

Sloly also praised the work of his services and partner agencies providing support. He lost his life. “

“Neither has happened in the last four days. I repeat. There have been no injuries, deaths or riots in the last four days in the capital, but there have been global causes and public protests,” Slory said. Says.

Epoch Times reporters, photographers, and filmmakers who were on the scene at various times of the protest have never seen a potentially rioting situation.

Sloly also said that reports of denial of service were not true.

“Ambulance, fire and police services have confirmed that no one was directly affected by ambulance service or emergency service requirements, although response was delayed and in some cases there was a gap in service delivery. rice field.”

The protests in Ottawa began as a cross-country convoy to demand the end of mandatory vaccinations and restricted pandemic measures such as passports. Organizers say they will not leave the city until the mandate is lifted.

Although numbers have declined recently after tens of thousands of protests last weekend, some social media posts say more protesters will gather in the country’s capital this weekend.

Initially, a freedom-supporting demonstration was set to take place in Montreal on February 5, but a Facebook post has led prospective attendees to gather in Ottawa at noon instead.

Noe Chartier

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NoƩ Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.