Ottawa, the capital of Canada on Sunday declared the State of Emergency, in response to the still-ongoing COVID-19 protests.
The mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson declared a state of emergency Sunday and a former U.S. ambassador to Canada said groups in the U.S. must stop interfering in the domestic affairs of America’s neighbor, as citizens continued to protest against COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
Over the weekend, thousands of protesters once again took to the streets in Ottawa, while other residents continued to be furious at the nonstop blaring of horns, traffic disruption, harassment, and fear that no end is in sight after the police chief called it a “siege” that he could not manage.
The “freedom truck convoy” has attracted support from many U.S. Republicans including former President Donald Trump, who called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “far-left lunatic” who has “destroyed Canada with insane Covid mandates.”
In Canada’s largest city, Toronto, police controlled and later ended a much smaller protest by setting up road blocks and preventing any trucks or cars from getting near the provincial legislature. Police also moved in to clear a key intersection in the city.
Some protesters set fireworks off on the grounds of the National War Memorial late Friday. A number have carried signs and flags with swastikas last weekend and compared vaccine mandates to fascism. As it stands, protesters have said they won’t leave until all mandates and COVID-19 restrictions are gone.