Ottawa declares state of emergency as "Freedom Convoy" protests drag on

Feb 6 2022, 10:35 pm

The situation in Canada’s capital has reached a new level amid “Freedom Convoy” demonstrations.

On Sunday, February 6 after two weeks of ongoing demonstrations in the city, Mayor Jim Watson officially declared a state of emergency.

“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,” reads a press release from the city.

“It also provides greater flexibility within the municipal administration to enable the City of Ottawa to manage business continuity for essential services for its residents and enables a more flexible procurement process, which could help purchase equipment required by frontline workers and first responders.”

The announcement comes just after Ottawa Police Service revealed its enforcement response by the numbers, including the fact that there have been over 200 calls to a hate-line hotline alone.

Police also took to Twitter to remind the public that anyone found trying to bring “material supports” to demonstrators could be subject to arrest.

The protests have been denounced by the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and many other leaders.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump and US Senator Ted Cruz have shown support.

Now, Ottawa is officially under a state of emergency, and those who live there have been surrounded by honking demonstrators disrupting traffic and more for weeks.

More to come…

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