RCMP is sending more officers to deal with protests against COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, amid calls for a more active response to the protests.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a statement Thursday evening that the RCMP had approved a request from the City of Ottawa for additional resources to help the Ottawa Police Service, including an increase in officers. .
“This request is in addition to the resources and support RCMP has provided since the convoy arrived in Ottawa,” Mendicino said.
An RCMP spokesperson could not confirm how many officers are being deployed or when they are expected to arrive.
Protests against the government’s mandate for COVID-19 vaccines and masks, as well as restrictions on some businesses, have plagued the streets around Parliament Hill during almost a week.
The convoy organizers have vowed not to leave until policymakers respond to their demands to end public health mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least four arrests have been made so far for threats, mischief and weapons charges.
Ottawa police said on Thursday they had issued 30 tickets related to excessive noise generated by truck horns as well as various traffic violations – marking a change in tactics after previously refused to pursue charges of breaking the law.
On Thursday, Ottawa police and the National Capital Commission responded at least twice to a growing stockpile of gasoline, diesel and propane set up in a structure in Confederation Park near National Hill. festival.
On Wednesday night, the police released a photo of a suspect they are seeking to determine is related to investigations into desecration of the National War Memorial.
City councilors on Wednesday suggested it was time to call on the RCMP to help support police response to the protest, pointing to residents’ complaints about excessive noise and the protests start fighting with the protesters.
At a police briefing with the city council that day, OPS Director Peter Sloly warned Wednesday that there may not be a “peaceful solution” to the ongoing, expected protest. will flare up again this weekend.
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Mendicino said Monday on the way out of the Liberal caucus that the RCMP and Parliamentary Protection Service provided officers and resources to manage crowds during their peak over the weekend. , adding that there is a “good line of communication” between the city and the federal government.
The minister reiterated in Thursday’s statement that the RCMP’s decisions are made independent of his office, which oversees the federal police force.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday responded to calls for the military to step in to quell protesters “not in the post right now”.
“One has to be very, very cautious before deploying troops in that situation,” he said.
– with files from Craig Lord and Rachel Gilmore
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