Tuesday, January 31

Authorities, protesters in stalemate over Ambassador Bridge blockade

Windsor — The departure of vehicles blocking the Ambassador Bridge on Saturday raised hopes that the crossing would finally open after five days, but by evening the crowd protesting against mandatory vaccination for trucks grew near the bridge.

The demonstrators are continuing despite a massive law enforcement presence that has included making arrests, writing tickets and towing vehicles, as they have vowed they would. But as Day 5 of the blockade neared its finish, a stalemate lingered between protesters and the police.

Police enforcement of injunctions has become a point of controversy across Canada. Critics are questioning whether police have been proactive.

In Edmonton, the capital of the province of Alberta, honking continued despite an injunction against protesters. Mayor Amarjeet Sohi told the Edmonton Journal Saturday that “while I can’t direct police, I do encourage them to enforce the injunction.”


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