Ottawa police on Wednesday warned Canadian truckers blocking passages in protest of COVID-19 mandates of immediate departure or arrest, although truckers were not wronged.
Officers have begun distributing strictly worded leaflets to about 360 cars that have remained in the capital since demonstrations began last month.
“You must leave the territory now,” the leaflet reads. “Anyone who blocks the streets or helps others block the streets commits a crime and you can be arrested.”
Police also warn that defendants may be denied crossing the U.S. border.
Sir. Jonker said he could understand the government’s use to combat the border blockade, which he said he not supported. But he said it was a significant bust for the government to quell the protests Ottawa.
Police said Ottawa residents are “denied the lawful use, use and exploitation of their property” and ongoing protests have led to the closure of businesses.
The leaflet also directly refers to the Canadian Emergency Act, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used on Monday in an unprecedented step to quell protests.
A police leaflet says the new measures allow “regulating or banning travel to, from or within any designated area.”
“It means everyone is coming Ottawa violates the law in order to join the ongoing demonstration, ”the statement reads. “The law also provides for a number of measures by the police, including the possibility of confiscating vehicles that are part of this demonstration.”
In addition to expanding powers for police, Deputy Prime Minister Christia Freeland has also announced that the government will crack down on crowdfunding sites used to support protests under expanded anti-money laundering rules.
Sir. Jonker said Canadian banks have begun blocking donations to the Freedom Convoy, but donations of cash and fuel continue to arrive.
“Strangers who come here as part of the protesters who support us, give us truck drivers, complete strangers, available to me.” he said. “And it won’t stop.”
Ottawa remained a stronghold for truckers’ protests, despite police action at border crossings across Canada.
Late last week, police began lifting a blockade on the Ambassador Bridge, a key border crossing with Michigan, forcing U.S. carmakers to cut production due to a shortage of spare parts.
Earlier this week, authorities began a cleanup CouttsAlberta, a border crossing in Montana.
On Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) seized a weapons depot and arrested 13 and confiscated a weapons cache in connection with the blockade.
The RCMP said Tuesday that four protesters were on Coutts Crossing the border was accused of conspiracy to commit murder in addition to charges of possession of a weapon.
Demonstrators began clearing the crossing when police stormed in, and Canada’s public security minister announced Tuesday afternoon that Coutts the border crossing was officially opened.
“Actually it’s a commissioned protest” he said. “We planned it. We follow the schedule where they should be. “