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Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge resumes traffic after lorry driver’s protest blocked traffic

Windsor Police said Tuesday morning that the Ambassador Bridge, which connects the southwestern Ontario city to Detroit, Mich., has reopened to traffic through the United States, but delays persist.

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The entrance to the bridge has been blocked Second due to the protests in solidarity with the so-called “Freedom Convoy“Protests in Ottawa. But just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, police said that traffic from the United States was now able to reach the border. across Wyandotte Streetconnected to the border crossing station from the north.

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Traffic on Huron Church Road, where the border crossing station is located, remained congested on Tuesday. Police continue to ask drivers to avoid the area.

“Officers will maintain a police presence to ensure public order and safety,” the police tweeted. “We want to thank everyone for their patience in dealing with traffic congestion.”

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Essex County OPP said at 8 p.m. Monday that the bridge was “inaccessible in either direction into the United States or into Canada” due to traffic congestion on Huron Church Road.

As mentioned, city police said Tuesday morning that traffic in the United States is now able to enter the border crossing via Wyandotte Street.

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In an email to Global News before 11pm on Monday, Darius Goze, a public information officer for Windsor Police, said there were about 200 protesters and 200 vehicles at the bridge.

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“No tickets and no arrests made at this time,” the email read.

When asked if police would intervene to force the protesters to leave, Goze said, “Only the necessary level of intervention should be used to ensure public safety and maintain peace and order. and public safety.”

“The use of force is always a last resort,” he continued.

The Windsor protest comes after solidarity rallies were held in cities around the country over the weekend.

In Toronto, two men were arrested Saturday in connection with the protests.

Meanwhile, crowds of protesters have stayed in Ottawa for more than a week, blocking traffic and camping in the heart of the city.

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Hundreds of tickets have been issued and Ottawa Police say dozens of criminal investigations have been conducted.

The protests, initially aimed at denouncing vaccine regulations for truckers crossing the Canada-US border, have since morphed into a protest against a variety of COVID-19 restrictions and the federal government.

In Windsor, police said anyone “found to have committed a crime will be investigated and charged.”

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