While our neighbors to the north have long been considered a more benign and agreeable people than we are, there are still limits to the abuse that they are willing to endure…and it looks as though many are hitting that threshold this week.
The scene was particularly heated in Ottawa, where a vast number of “freedom truckers” have parked their tractor trailers on the streets of the city, shutting down businesses and roadways to protest a new rule that would face unvaccinated drivers off the road for 14 days every time that they come back from America.
Now, as these demonstrations spread from coast to coast, authorities in Ottawa are making some serious threats.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon as approximately 500 trucks and vehicles with the “Freedom Convoy” continue to linger in the streets of the Canadian capital to protest vaccine mandates.
“Declaring a state of emergency reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the ongoing demonstrations and highlights the need for support from other jurisdictions and levels of government,” the city said in a statement.
The statement went on to explain that the emergency declaration offers the city greater flexibility “to manage business continuity for essential services for its residents and enables a more flexible procurement process, which could help purchase equipment required by frontline workers and first responders.”
But that wasn’t all…
The declaration came hours after the Ottawa Police threatened to arrest anyone who brings gasoline or other material support to the truckers.
“Anyone attempting to bring material supports (gas, etc.) to the demonstrators could be subject to arrest. Enforcement is underway,” the police announced in a tweet emblazoned with “IMPORTANT.”
The protests have been ongoing for weeks now, and are said to have spread clear across Canada over the weekend.