Police advance on the remaining Ottawa protesters


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Ottawa, Canada — Police in downtown Ottawa on February 19, the day after law enforcement escalated operations against protesters against COVID-19 orders to clear demonstrations around the Canadian Parliament Building. A heavy existence remains.

Many protesters and vehicles have already been expelled from the capital, but some still remain. Police took the front line further on February 19 and approached the main site of the protest area in downtown Ottawa.

Extended police activity followed the use of emergency law by the federal government. Police said they arrested more than 100 people on February 18 and towed 21 vehicles from the center of downtown.

On February 18, protesters walked forward with Mounted Police, sometimes knocking down demonstrators. Some police officers were heavily armed and some had assault rifles.

In addition, the House of Commons has resumed procedures after suspending its seats on February 18 due to police activities in the parliament on February 19.

The House of Representatives is currently discussing an emergency law enacted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on February 14 to address ongoing protests.

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Police will confront protesters in Ottawa on February 18, 2022. (Jonathan Ren / The Epoch Times)
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Police will begin disbanding a protest organized by truck drivers in Ottawa on February 18, 2022, against the COVID-19 vaccine obligation. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

The Conservatives are opposed to this measure, saying it is the government’s overkill to deal with the current situation. So far, the NDP says they agree to use the law.

The House of Representatives must discuss and vote on the bill within seven days of the government submitting it.

Tamara Rich, one of the organizers of Freedom Convoy, will appear in court on February 19 after being arrested on suspicion of counseling for mischief.

Chris Barber, the organizer of the Fellow Freedom Convoy, who was also arrested, appeared in court in Ottawa on February 18. Organizers of other major protests.

Police also arrested voice protester Pat King, who is due to appear in court on February 19. Freedom Convoy organizers Rich, Barber and Benjamin Barber have stated that King is not one of the leaders of Freedom Convoy.

Ongoing protests against COVID-19 obligations and restrictions were initiated by truck drivers who oppose the federal government’s request that cross-border truck drivers between the United States and Canada need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Inspired by the movement. As large convoys of trucks and other vehicles headed to Ottawa to protest their vaccination obligations, more people joined the movement in opposition to various COVID-19 obligations and restrictions.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on February 17 that law enforcement agencies in Canada were to block funding for ongoing protests after being granted new authority under an emergency law. He said he is sharing information with financial institutions.

“Both individual and entity names and cryptocurrency wallets are shared with financial institutions by RCMP, accounts are frozen, and more accounts are frozen. Cloud funding platform and payment service providers are FINTRAC We have begun the process of registering with, “Freeland said at a press conference.

On February 17, the Ontario High Court decided to temporarily freeze the Freedom Convoy organizer’s bank accounts (including Bitcoin and crypto funds).

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Limin Zhou

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Limin Zhou is an Ottawa-based reporter.

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