Snipers, horses, armor and 100 arrests on the first day of dismantling

Snipers, horses, armored vehicles… the forces of order brought out the heavy artillery to put an end to the siege of the federal capital on the 22and busy day.

” You have to leave […] Anyone at the site of an illegal demonstration can be arrested. »

All day Friday, the police multiplied the warnings trying until the end to convince the besiegers to leave the city calmly.

Acting Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell said the forces are moving slowly because they want to “use as little force as possible.”

The face-to-face could therefore stretch until Sunday.

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Several besiegers complied and took to the road. At the end of the day, there were only a few dozen truckers left on Wellington.

But others stood up, built snow barricades, danced to Beatles hits and sang the national anthem in human chains, Le Journal has seen.

Several children, sometimes so small that they struggled to walk in the thick layer of snow left by the storm, were in the crowd facing the officers.

“Let them come. Me, I’m staying here until the end,” said a man named Marc, while others chanted “Freedom! Freedom ! and “Shame!” Shame ! in front of the police cordons.

Photo: AFP

It’s “a shameful day for Canada,” said Shannon Schoutese.

Resigned to being arrested, she warned that nothing will stop the movement boosted by the siege of the capital.

“I’m going to get arrested, but it won’t be the end,” she said.


During this time, leaders of the movement were arrested. Pat King was arrested on the road as he tried to flee, while Daniel Bulford, the ex-RCMP officer responsible for the security of the convoy surrendered to the police.

” Oh my God ! They arrest one of their own! I can not believe it ! “Launched a woman who attended the scene while others shouted” We love you Danny! and “Thanks Danny!” “.

Police officers from the Sûreté du Québec are deployed in Ottawa.

Photo by Antoine Lacroix

Police officers from the Sûreté du Québec are deployed in Ottawa.

Faced with the irreducible, the police were ready.

Intervention platoons from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), tactical unit from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), cavalry from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), all the uniforms of the country were there.

Photo Roxane Trudel

The officers moved methodically through the day, calm but firm. Trucks began to be towed at 10:00 a.m.

Photo: AFP

In the late afternoon, the tension escalated when besiegers attacked officers and “tried to take their weapons away from them,” Ottawa police said.


Officers released the cayenne pepper spray and horses ripped through the crowd. During this maneuver, no one was injured according to the authorities.

“It’s not a day where we get any satisfaction,” said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaking of a day of “deep sadness”.


  • Listen to journalist Antoine Lacroix’s summary, live from the Ottawa police operation, on QUB radio

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Photo QMI Agency, Raphaël Pirro

By late afternoon, Ottawa police reported over 100 arrests and 21 vehicles towed.

Photo Roxane Trudel

– With Roxane Trudel, Antoine Lacroix, Hugo Duchaine, Raphaël Pirro and Anne-Sophie Poiré

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