Canada: truckers’ protest against anti-Covid-19 measures continues in Ottawa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on protesters to leave.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled out Thursday, February 3, the possibility of sending the army to dislodge truckers who oppose health measures and have occupied the federal capital Ottawa for several days. The city has been the scene since Saturday of a protest movement initiated by truckers to denounce the health restrictions linked to Covid-19.

“There is no question for the moment of sending the army”declared the Canadian Prime Minister, believing that it was necessary to be “very, very careful before deploying the army when Canadian citizens are involved”. But the latter, currently in solitary confinement because he tested positive last Monday, again called on the demonstrators to leave the premises. An option rejected by the drivers, ready for a showdown with the government.

“Our departure will be when the Prime Minister does the right thing and ends all obligations and restrictions,” declared in press conference, Thursday, Tamara Lich, one of the leaders of this movement party of the west of the country. Carrying a Canadian flag on their shoulders or anti-Trudeau signs, the most determined demonstrators still occupied several streets in the city center on Thursday, noted an AFP journalist. On Saturday, there were hundreds of trucks and 15,000 people.

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