Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly says his officers can now “strike” to end the trucker’s protest, as the so-called “Free convoy” protests in Ottawa enter their eleventh day.
“We need more resources to deal with an occupation than a protest. I worked continuously 18 hours a day to get those resources. Our partners have already begun to leverage those resources,” said Sloly.
“Now we can attack. That’s what we’ve been doing, with great results. ”
Over the weekend, Ottawa police announced that they would begin a wide range of charges, including threatening to arrest anyone who brought “material assistance” – including fueling – to the motorcade. load.
Police said “multiple vehicles and fuel were seized” on Sunday. There are also several arrests, charges and more than 60 criminal investigations underway in connection with the protest, according to police.
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Sloly says the biggest development has been the shutdown of GoFundMe – the company he and the city credit with for bringing the offline feature.
“We went after the funding. Our efforts, combined with the city’s efforts, have eliminated GoFundMe. $10 million (currently) is no longer reaching the protesters,” he said.
Police will “aggressively” pursue any “other avenues of funding” for the protest, he said.
“We will relentlessly pursue the funding that has kept this protest going to this point,” he said.
What started as a protest over Ottawa mandating vaccine shipments at the Canada-US border has turned into a protest against all public health measures including mask wearing and vaccinations, and now now calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step down.
Since then, there have been numerous reports shared online by residents since the protests began detailing instances where they said those involved in the convoy tried to break into their homes. , attacked them in the street and threatened them with rape or death for wearing a mask.
The Ottawa Police Department declined to provide any information when asked how many charges it has received with death threats, threats to rape or assault on convoy members.
Liberal MPs criticized the protesters’ recent actions during a press conference they held on Monday.
“From what we are seeing on the field and hearing from the people, this is the furthest thing from a peaceful protest,” said Liberal MP Mona Fortier of the Ottawa area.
“We urge protesters to stop and respect the communities we represent.”
Fortier is not alone in her conviction. Ottawa Center MP Yasir Naqvi said there are “no words” to accurately describe the “wretchedness” of what his community has been through.
“For residents of downtown Ottawa, this continues to be a horrifying experience,” he said.
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Meanwhile, the city declared a state of emergency on Sunday – which Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said “reflects the grave danger and threat to the safety and security of residents due to There is a demonstration going on.”
Sloly also called for increased support from other levels of government to end the protests.
“We are making significant progress,” says Sloly, but “we need more resources to push those successes further.”
“We need more resources, more help. With what we have, we’ve made a significant impact, but we’re going to need a lot more to really get through this.”
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