Here’s what we know about the ‘slow roll’ protest in Ottawa today to support Dutch farmers.

A “slow” protest is scheduled today on the roads of Ottawa and in cities across Canada, in solidarity with farmers protesting against new government environmental regulations in the Netherlands.

Freedom Fighters Canada has organized the “We Move As One” rally, “standing as one in solidarity with our Dutch brothers and sisters,” says a statement on the group’s website.

Several convoys are scheduled to arrive in Ottawa today, ahead of a 2 pm rally outside the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Albert Street.

Here’s what we know about today’s protest:


Ottawa Bylaw said a temporary no-stop zone will be in effect in downtown Ottawa, warning vehicles will be ticketed and towed today.

No stopping signs were posted in an area from Bronson Avenue in the west to the Rideau Canal in the east and Wellington Street in the north to Laurier Avenue in the south.

The police remind everyone that Wellington Street remains closed to vehicular traffic between Elgin Street and Bank Street.

Ottawa Bylaw Services says a temporary no-stop zone in downtown Ottawa will go into effect on Saturday. (Ottawa Statute/Twitter)


Ottawa police have issued a warning to motorists about possible protests in the city center.

“There is zero tolerance for vehicle-based demonstrations or events within the designated area of ​​the city in the city center,” police said. said on Twitter.

“Groups that choose not to respect these designated areas will be met with an immediate police response that will include law enforcement and comprehensive towing options.”

Police say vehicle-based rallies or events are prohibited within an area stretching from Bronson Avenue in the west to Waller Street in the east, and Wellington Street/Rideau Street north to Laurier Avenue in the south. , along with Booth Street, Sussex Drive. and Mackenzie avenue.

Ottawa Police say vehicle-based demonstrations or events are prohibited within the highlighted area. (Ottawa Police Service/Twitter)

Roads remain open, police say.

“The city center remains open and accessible. The only exception is vehicles that want to do a vehicle-based demo,” says OPS.

The police are also reminding farmers of the traffic rules for farm equipment.

“In Ontario, you cannot drive farm equipment on highways like the 417 and 416 unless there is no other access to the farmland you are working on, and the land must be adjacent to a 400-series highway,” Ottawa police said.

“You must take the shortest route possible if you use the road to get to your land.”


According to the Freedom Fighters Canada website, rallies are planned in Ottawa, Gatineau, Kingston, Brockville, Bancroft, Casselman, Russell, Smiths Falls, Cornwall and Renfrew County.

A “slow run” with tractors, equipment, and vehicles is scheduled to leave Brockville at 9:30 a.m., stop in Kemptville at 10:30 a.m., and arrive in far west Ottawa at 12:00 p.m. Another convoy is scheduled to depart Renfrew at 9:30 a.m., arriving in Arnprior at 10:30 a.m. and at the west end of Ottawa at 12 p.m.

People are also asked to meet at 181 rue Principal in Gatineau at 11 a.m.

There is a rally planned for 2 pm in front of the Dutch embassy on Albert Street.

“Convoy Etiquette” on the Freedom Fighters Canada website says “not to block any roads, exits, bridges or highways” during the event and to “ensure flags are properly secured”.


Farmers in the Netherlands have been holding a series of demonstrations to protest the new environmental goals by the Dutch government.

Authorities have revealed plans to reduce emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and ammonia by 50 percent by 2030, to help protect more than 150 nature reserves in the country.

In recent weeks, farmers and supporters have protested outside government offices and on highways, blockading food distribution centers across the country.

–With archives from The Associated Press

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