‘Slow roll’ protest comes to Ottawa to support Dutch farmers

Dozens of vehicles and farm equipment arrived in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon, as part of a series of demonstrations to show solidarity with farmers protesting new government environmental regulations in the Netherlands.

Cars and trucks, waving the Canadian and Dutch flags, traveled down Highway 417 into downtown Ottawa and headed to a rally in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Albert Street. A convoy was scheduled to enter the city center from the west end on Saturday afternoon, while there are plans for a protest to arrive from Gatineau.

There is a visible police presence in downtown Ottawa, with officers reminding people that vehicular protests are prohibited in an area stretching from Bronson Avenue to the Rideau Canal and Wellington Street to Elgin Street.

Police warn there will be temporary closures of off-ramps along the freeway. 417 eastbound and westbound at Kent, Metcalfe and Nicholas due to demonstration.

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.

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

TEMPORARY STOP PROHIBITION SIGNS

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)

POLICE WARNINGS

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.”

SLOW ROLL PLANS

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”.

DUTCH FARMERS PROTEST

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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