"Assaultive and aggressive": Ottawa protesters turn violent against police

Feb 19 2022, 5:51 pm

Ottawa Police say they’re taking new measures in light of protesters becoming more aggressive and violent on Saturday, February 19.

Close to 100 police checkpoints surround downtown Ottawa as police move to push out protesters.

From throwing a bicycle at a police horse to wearing full body armour, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has been busy this weekend trying to bring an end to the Freedom Convoy occupation.

In a tweet, Police said, “We told you to leave. We gave you time to leave.”

“We were slow and methodical, yet you were assaultive and aggressive with officers and the horses.”

“Based on your behaviour, we are responding by including helmets and batons for our safety.”

After reportedly using horses to disperse a crowd, Police confirmed that anyone who fell down as a result of the horses moving in got up and walked away.

“We’re unaware of any injuries,” OPS said in a tweet. “A bicycle was thrown at the horse further down the line and caused the horse to trip. The horse was uninjured.”

Protesters wearing body armour, carrying smoke grenades and fireworks on them were arrested. Other protesters launched gas canisters at police.

Videos posted to social media show what it looked like on the ground on Saturday.

OPS have said for days that protesters blocking streets could be arrested for criminal activity and face fines or charges.

On Friday, February 18, white supremacist Pat King was arrested and hit with criminal charges including mischief and Counselling to Commit the Offence of Obstruct Police.

More to come…

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