Windsor, Ontario — Police are moving to lift the blockade at the border crossing on the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario on February 12.
“Windsor police and their police partners have begun enforcement on and near the Ambassador Bridge. Windsor police urged all demonstrators to act legally and peacefully in a tweet on the morning of February 12. I have. “
On February 11, the Ontario High Court granted an injunction to prevent protesters from crossing the border. The injunction came into effect at 7:00 pm on February 11, but more protesters came to the scene on the night of February 11.
Windsor Police and its police partners have begun enforcement at and near the Ambassador Bridge. We urge all demonstrators to act legally and peacefully. Commuters are currently being asked to avoid areas affected by the demonstration.
— Windsor Police (@WindsorPolice) February 12, 2022
On February 12, about 12 vehicles remained on the premises, blocking crossing the border, which accounts for hundreds of millions of dollars in daily trade between Canada and the United States.
Police presence is now increasing on the ground, but the number of protesters is declining compared to the night before.
Police have not allowed people to approach the scene of the protest and can see some vehicles leaving the area.
Protesters have blocked crossing borders since February 6, calling for the abolition of COVID-19 obligations.
The protests were inspired by truck driver protests that began in contravention of the federal government’s requirement that all truck drivers across the Canadian-US border need to be vaccinated with COVID-19. It is one of.
Protesters remain not only in Ottawa, but elsewhere in Katz, southern Alberta, across the Canadian-US border.
On February 11, Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford announced that ongoing protests in Windsor and Ottawa would make the state a state of emergency.
The declaration includes giving authorities more authority to deal with blockages on highways, airports, ports, bridges and railroads in the 400s, Ford said.
The fine for the breach is up to $ 100,000 and up to a year’s imprisonment, Ford said, adding that the state government also provides additional authority for police to deprive those who do not comply with these personal and commercial licenses. Orde.
Lisa Linn and Reuters contributed to this report.