Ottawa Police Chief declares ‘Occupation Over’ [Video]

Ottawa Police Chief declares ‘Occupation Over’

At least 170 protesters were arrested on Friday and Saturday alone

(RT-World News) Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell declared on Saturday that the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests in Canada’s capital were over after nearly 200 protesters were arrested and many others left the area.

“This unlawful occupation is over. We will continue with our mission until it is complete,” Bell declared, noting that some smaller protests in Ottawa remained.

The police chief revealed that 170 arrests had been made on Friday and Saturday alone. Protest organizer Tom Marazzo also declared on Saturday that many demonstrators had “decided to peacefully withdraw” and that they would “simply regroup as a grassroots movement.”

However, Bell vowed on Friday to hunt down those who had been involved in the protests and punish them financially. “If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges,” he warned.

The protests were crushed soon after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers to deal with the demonstration, allowing authorities to freeze protester bank accounts and conduct arrests.

Viral videos subsequently showed police officers trampling protesters with horses, pepper-spraying journalists, and using other forms of violence – which drew both domestic and foreign condemnation.

US Congresswoman Yvette Herrell promised on Saturday to introduce legislation that would provide Canadian protesters with asylum, comparing Canada’s “heavy-handed crackdown against peaceful protesters” to that of “an authoritarian regime like Venezuela.” Herrell said Canada’s response to the protests were “not the action of a Western Democracy” and called the country “the embarrassment of the free world.”


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(TLB) published this article from RT-World News

Header featured image (edited) credit: Police move in to clear protesters from downtown Ottawa near Parliament hill on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 © AP / Robert Bumsted



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1 Comment on Ottawa Police Chief declares ‘Occupation Over’ [Video]

  1. There was also the trampling of 3 horses aimed at the crowd of peaceful protestors. Two where down, one lady on a walker and another and some say he died. Getting run over by a horse, is like getting run over by a car. There is no mention of the second one by Ottawa Police or federally paid media. If it is true, then we witnessed murder and if it is not true, it is still attempted murder by those dressed like police and governments. There was an assault on a Rebel News female reporter. They are are trying to instigate violence and wonder how far they will go.

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