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Freedom Convoy leader Pat King was taken into custody during a police crackdown in Ottawa, Canada, on Friday – and he wanted the world to witness it.
King, one of several prominent truckers who swept Canada and attracted worldwide attention, posted a video on Facebook when officers came to arrest him.
“I am now being arrested by these officers,” – says the King in the videoas the officer approaches. “I am under arrest. We’ll talk to you soon. “
A few minutes earlier, the officer announced his intentions.
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“You are under arrest, sir,” said the officer.
“For what?” Asked the King.
King wrote in a signature to the message that he had been arrested for pranks, advising to commit pranks, advising to obstruct a police officer and disobeying court orders.
“I want to call my lawyer immediately. … Am I entitled to a lawyer?” The King asks.
“Of course,” the officer replies.
The video soon ends.
King’s apparent arrest followed the arrests of at least two other major convoy organizers.
Other leaders have been arrested
Earlier, police detained the organizers Tamara Leach and Chris Barber on Thursday.
The barber was released on bail and released on Friday night with an order to leave Ottawa within 24 hours, the CBC reports.
Leach remained in custody. Her trial on Friday was adjourned to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the report said.
Buses with police were delivered Thursday to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where workers erected a fence to protect government buildings, the Associated Press reported.
Police in the Canadian capital on Friday arrested about 100 protesters and towed cars, while other trucks were spotted amid a show of police force, the AP reported.
Most of the detainees are being held on charges of freedom, the news service reports.
Formerly a video
Earlier on Friday the King had posted a separate video urging truckers to keep the peace and reminding them that they have the right to demonstrate against coronavirus rules and other restrictions — as long as they do so legally.
“I want to say to all four-wheelers, to all four-wheelers right now: you guys are all good. You have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of protest, ”King said in the video. “You can go up the hill, and you guys can be up the hill. Police officers are not going to stop you if you are acting legally, in accordance with the Constitutional Act. You can be there and still protest, guys. You are allowed to be on the hill, so I ask everyone to go up the hill and start protesting. “
Truckers have been protesting in Canada for about three weeks in many places across the country, including at a major booth last week at the Ambassador Bridge, a U.S.-Canada border crossing connecting Windsor, Ontario and Detroit.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.