by Harriet Alexander and Gina Martinez, Daily Mail:
- Tensions are high in the Canadian capital Ottawa on Sunday as truckers continue to blockade the city demanding an end to vaccine mandates for the drivers
- Ottawa police said on Sunday said they were investigating reports of the desecration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and attacks on police
- Ottawa residents are furious at the disruption and angered by protesters flying swastikas through their city
- Justin Trudeau and his family have left their Ottawa home amid security concerns late on Saturday night
- Days earlier, he had called the truckers headed for the city a ‘small fringe minority’ before the convoy of hundreds of vehicles grew up to 45 miles long as it made its way to the capital .
- Protestors could be seen carrying copies of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, while others carried signs reading ‘God keep our land glorious and free,’ ‘Make Canada great again,’ and ‘we are here for our freedom’
- The convoy set out from British Columbia last Sunday and was cheered by hundreds of Canadians as it made its 2,000-mile journey to protest vaccine mandates
- Protesters say they are in it for the ‘long haul’ – ‘We don’t have a time limit’ one of the organizers said
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A ‘Freedom Convoy’ of trucks joined by thousands of demonstrators brought Ottawa to a virtual standstill for a second day on Sunday as they protested Canada‘s vaccine mandates, as other sympathetic truckers blocked a border highway into the United States.
The truckers say there is no ‘end date’ in sight and plan to stay in the capital ‘for as long as it takes’ and until the Canadian government flips and withdraws its policy on vaccine mandates.
The chaos clogged the capital’s downtown near parliament throughout the weekend and brought criticism from officials, including Ottawa’s mayor who said residents were ‘prisoners in their own home.’
But the demonstrators say they intend to stay and that their aim is to ‘create chaos’ and a ‘logistics nightmare’ for the Justin Trudeau’s government.
‘Right now, yeah, it’s really cold, but we hang in there, the days are going to get longer and we take this block party and put it into overdrive,’ BJ Dichter, one of the organizers of the Freedom Convoy, said at a press conference. ‘We’re in this one for the long haul. We don’t have a time limit.’
A person holds their hand to their heart during a singing of O Canada during a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers
Vehicles from the protest convoy are parked blocking lanes on a road, onS unday in Ottawa
Trucks participating in a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, are parked along Queen Elizabeth Drive in Ottawa
A mask wearing a hat is seen on the passenger seat of a truck parked on Elgin Street during a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill
A police mounted unit makes their way along Queen Street, closed to traffic, as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions continues
Trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street. Residents of the national capital are again being told to avoid traveling downtown as a convoy of trucks and cars snarl traffic
The boisterous protests are now threatening to interrupt business on Monday, with authorities stating that City Hall will remain closed, traffic will be disrupted and some other services stalled.
Canada’s House of Commons plans to be at work on Monday.
‘The House will reconvene at 11am tomorrow, as planned, in accordance with the Standing Orders,’ the Speaker’s office confirmed on Sunday night.
No comment has been made on what security arrangements will be in place with thousands of protesters still on scene.
‘This afternoon, a large presence of police continues throughout the downtown core and the movement of protestors and trucks continues to be managed,’ the Ottawa police said in a statement.
‘These high-risk situations were de-escalated and resolved with no arrests,’ the authorities said, adding that ‘police resources are fully stretched’ in dealing with the obstruction, which appeared to involve hundreds of trucks.