Around one week after Freedom Convoy protesters first arrived in Canada’s capital, the City of Ottawa has officially declared a state of emergency.
Those involved in the protests are demonstrating against government-enforced COVID-19 measures, including mandatory vaccination and lockdowns.
“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 notice reads.
“We’re in the midst of a serious emergency, the most serious emergency our city has ever faced,
Ottawa Police also announced that they would be ramping up enforcement in the city by handing out tickets and arresting those who are caught trying to bring “material aid” — like gas — to protesters.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attempting to bring material supports (gas, etc.) to the demonstrators could be subject to arrest. Enforcement is underway. #ottawa