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Ottawa police announced on Friday that some protesters were “arrested” during an operation to clean up protesters. Canadian coronavirus restrictions.
“There is a large police presence on Nicholas Street, protesters are advised to leave immediately. Some protesters surrender and are arrested,” Ottawa police wrote on Twitter. “We ask the protesters to keep the peace and the law.”
Police also wrote in Twitter, I wanted to inform the demonstrators, “in accordance with the provincial and federal legislation, you face a serious punishment if you do not stop further illegal activities and remove your car immediately and / or property from all illegal protests ».
Some officers were spotted with automatic weapons and walking door-to-door along a number of trucks and other vehicles parked in central Ottawa, the Associated Press reported.
The operation came after police charged two organizers of the Freedom Convoy, Tamara Leach and Chris Barber. after their arrests yesterday.
Leach, 49, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, has been charged with advising on the crime, according to CTV News.
Chris Barber, 46, of Swift Cranch, Saskatchewan, is charged with counseling for offenses, disobeying a court order and advising on committing a crime for obstructing police, CTV News added, noting that both are expected to appear in court today.