© Reuters. Bike-borne “Rolling Thunder Ottawa” demonstrators experience throughout a protest in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada April 29, 2022. REUTERS/Blair Gable
(This April 29 story refiles to removes extraneous notes, modifications “arrests” to “arrest” in headline)
By Jenna Zucker and Blair Gable
(Reuters) – Police within the Canadian capital, Ottawa, arrested a number of folks on Friday, after a march by tons of of bikers, pedestrians and vehicles waving Canadian flags by downtown Ottawa turned unruly, authorities mentioned.
Friday’s parade was a protest towards claimed authorities overreach, and got here lower than three months after a truckers’ motion paralyzed the capital for greater than three weeks.
Ottawa Police mentioned in a tweet on Friday that a number of folks had been arrested and that officers remained on scene to keep up security.
Organizers of Friday’s convoy, which they name “Rolling Thunder Ottawa,” say they’re there in help of “freedom” and army veterans. Native media say a number of of the individuals have been in Ottawa throughout the earlier protest, which was towards a vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers.
A number of honking truckers and protesters standing atop of pick-up automobiles and vehicles, shouting “freedom” marched by downtown Ottawa as police deployed further officers to get the scenario underneath management.
Ottawa Police mentioned in a tweet that a number of automobiles tried to occupy a downtown parking zone, although all however one left.
Ottawa Police, which got here underneath criticism for his or her dealing with of February protests, had mentioned they’d not permit motor automobiles to cease or park on downtown streets. That they had introduced in further personnel to bolster municipal authorities forward of the Friday march.
In February, the federal government of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked seldom-used emergency powers to clear Ottawa protests and police arrested dozens of people that blocked the downtown core close to parliament. The protesters had additionally blocked key border crossings to america.
A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Neil Sheard, is one the protest’s most important organizers of Friday’s march.
In a video posted to YouTube, Sheard mentioned his plan is to put a wreath on the Nationwide Warfare Memorial in a present of respect for veterans. Different teams which can be taking part are protesting extra usually towards the federal government and authorities mandates.
Sheard mentioned he helps any group that desires to struggle for the liberty of all Canadians, as a result of in his view, freedom of speech was paid for by veterans.
“The rights and freedoms of Canadians are eroding, and we’re going to work to maintain lawful, civic motion so as to restore these elementary rights,” Andrew MacGillivray, a member of the Freedom Fighters Canada group that can be taking part, instructed Reuters just lately.
The occasions that began on Friday are attributable to finish on Sunday.