The Detroit International Bridge Company said in a statement on Sunday night that the reopening of the bridge would “hamper trade again between the Canadian and US economies”. “The move is a state of emergency declared in Ontario and a restraining order issued by an Ontario judge came into force on Friday,” the company said.
Opposition arose on the bridge from truckers opposing Canada’s new order to fully vaccinate or face two weeks of isolation when crossing the Canadian-US border.
Windsor police seized five vehicles from protesters Sunday, Mizuno said, and seven vehicles were towed away Saturday. Police expect more presence in the area to maintain order, he said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 4 out of every 5 Canadians being fully vaccinated. According to the Canadian government, nearly 90% of the country’s truckers are fully vaccinated and eligible to cross the border.
The mayor of Windsor said the siege’s economic downturn would end Sunday.
“Today, our national economic crisis ended at the Ambassador Bridge,” Mayor Drew Tilkens said in a written statement Sunday.
The mayor says protesters will leave residential areas of Ottawa
On Sunday, Mayor Jim Watson said he had reached an agreement to leave the residential areas of downtown and restrict their protests in the streets directly to the National Assembly of Canada.
Truckers and their supporters have been gathering in Ottawa since January 29, with demonstrations gathering around government buildings but spreading to residential areas.
Residents complained of incidents such as rock throwing, property damage and harassment carried out by protesters.
Watson acknowledged that the deal was not a long-term solution, but said in a statement to CNN that it “reflects a positive first step.”
In a letter to CNN from the mayor’s office, Tamara Lich, one of the organizers of the “Freedom Conway”, said while some residents supported and encouraged her, others felt harassed.
“We are working hard to make purchases from truckers in the next 24 hours,” Lich wrote in a letter to Watson. “We’ll start modifying our trucks on Monday,” Litch wrote.
Other border crossings were blocked
In addition to the Ambassador Bridge, protesters have used semitrailers – sometimes farm equipment and other vehicles – to block the crossings between the Emerson, Manitoba and Pembina, the Dwight North, and the Gauts access point between Alberta and Montana.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Manitoba said on Saturday that about 50 vehicles had blocked access to the Canadian-US border at Emerson since Thursday.
According to the RCMP, on Saturday, “some vehicles” broke through police barricades there.
“Although no injuries were reported as a result of this incident, it could be harmful to pedestrians and first responders. Such behavior is not tolerated and is being investigated,” RCMP Cpl said. Vanessa said in a statement earlier.
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