The war of attrition is on


The war of attrition between the police who are gaining ground and the “freedom convoy” protesters began on Friday, forcing them slowly but surely to retreat towards parliament.

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“We lost a battle, but not the war. They are wasting their time as much as possible. It will take them days to “clear” the place, ”said a Quebec trucker who was dislodged from his truck, parked at the corner of Sussex Drive and Rideau Street.

This heavyweight suffered the same fate.

Photo QMI Agency, Antoine Lacroix

This heavyweight suffered the same fate.

After negotiations with the authorities to leave without having his heavy weight towed, the latter intended to move further and continue to participate in the show of force of opponents of health measures.

It is in a methodical way that the hundreds of agents, from different police forces, were able to control a small camp of demonstrators who had taken their ease for nearly three weeks.

Two Quebecers in this vehicle did not respond to the police, who took them out by force by breaking down windows.

Photo: AFP

Two Quebecers in this vehicle did not respond to the police, who took them out by force by breaking down windows.

Every 15 minutes, they advanced a few meters, pushing back the protesters, which resulted in several grabs and arrests.

Wanting to resist until the very end, several truckers decided to lock themselves in their vehicles, so the police decided to take them out by force, breaking their windows.

This protester surrendered after officers smashed several windows of his recreational vehicle.

Photo: AFP

This protester surrendered after officers smashed several windows of his recreational vehicle.

“I’m not afraid of being arrested, that they show up, I’m staying here until the end. They’re going to have to release us anyway, there’s not enough room in prison for all of us,” argued Marc, a protester from Quebec, who walked the talk as Le Journal witnessed his arrest.

“They can arrest me, I know my rights and I haven’t done anything wrong. I haven’t seen anyone here doing anything wrong, it’s a peaceful protest,” said Ali, a Montrealer.

Truckers also decided to leave the Rideau Street area on their own.

Photo QMI Agency, Martin Alarie

Truckers also decided to leave the Rideau Street area on their own.

All day yesterday, Ottawa police issued warnings that people who refused to leave could face handcuffs.

“We give them every possible chance so that they can leave on their own, without being arrested,” said a police officer on the ground.

While demonstrators tried somehow to prevent the advance of the authorities, others prepared the resistance in front of the parliament by erecting barricades of snow.

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According to our information, the police intervention which brings together several hundred agents could last until Sunday. The police still have a few hundred meters to gain to finish off the freedom convoy.

The police mousetrap

Checkpoints have been set up in Ottawa to restrict traffic in the headquarters’ “red zone” of only a few kilometers. The objective is also to prevent other demonstrators from accessing the city center. The circled area (see map) represents the hotspot where protesters are still surrounded by hundreds of police.

– With Roxane Trudel, Guillaume St-Pierre, Anne-Sophie Poiré and Raphaël Pirro



Reference-www.tvanouvelles.ca

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