Freedom Convoy 2022 live updates: Trudeau moved due to security issues

The CBC reports that the Prime Minister has been moved from Rideau Cottage to an undisclosed location

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The day has gone clear and cold up in Ottawa, with wind cooling at -35C. Welcome to Canada in January and welcome to the National Post’s live blog about the Freedom Convoy 2022 demonstration in the country’s capital today. Here’s what we know so far …

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  • Protesters have begun arriving at Parliament Hill; Ottawa police say the incident is peaceful
  • Following threats, a guard is canceled tonight in Ottawa for the victims of the shooting at the Quebec City Mosque.
  • CBC says Justin Trudeau has been moved from Rideau Cottage for his safety

11 in the morning

The sound of rumbling horns echoed around downtown Ottawa.
About 100 vehicles are idling around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, with several trucks and personal vehicles packed on Wellington Street stretching west past Parliament Hill.
Hundreds of protesters march up and down Wellington Street, which runs right in front of Parliament Hill and the Prime Minister’s office.
The national flag is waving from some vehicles or draped around the shoulders of some protesters, many of whom appear to have been uncovered.
Some carry copies of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The event is peaceful and Ottawa police say there are no incidents to report.
In a tweet, the force also says that police resources are in place and will remain at the center until the crowds disperse.
Officers keep emergency lanes open and plan to continue towing vehicles blocking these lanes and other places police must keep free for reasons of public safety.

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10:38

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10:30

Canceled: Vigil tonight for shooting at Quebec City Mosque
Following threats, organizers have canceled a scheduled personal guard in Ottawa to mark the fifth anniversary of the shooting at the Quebec City Mosque, which left six men dead and five others seriously injured. A lone gunman shot and killed six worshipers shortly after the closing of the evening prayer on January 29, 2017.
Canadians United Against Hate had arranged an interfaith candle guard for tonight at a human rights monument at Ottawa City Hall, a few blocks south of Parliament Hill. The group now says it will hold a virtual guard due to the hauliers’ protest in downtown Ottawa and threats of violence from some participants.

10:10

Several vehicles were on their way to Ottawa, truck stop owner says

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Several thousand vehicles were to arrive in Ottawa on Saturday, the Ottawa Citizen reports, according to those who saw the convoys parked outside the city, which was ready to enter.
Tom Orr, the owner of the Antrim truck stop in Arnprior, said his space was full of at least 120 heavy trucks and about 200 other vehicles – and he had to turn down many.
Just after noon. 9 Orr said people were just about to wake up after spending the night in their truck or vehicle. The convoy was on its way to Ottawa at 11 and was to begin arriving around noon.
“There will be two or three thousand, I think,” Orr said of the convoys to arrive on Saturday.
Where would they go when the roads around Parliament were already blocked?

10:00

Protesters arrive at Parliament Hill

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Hundreds of protesters began gathering on Parliament Hill on Saturday morning.  But first coffee ...
Hundreds of protesters began gathering on Parliament Hill on Saturday morning. But first coffee … Photo by Catherine Lévesque / POSTMEDIA NEWS

Hundreds of protesters are filtering on to Parliament Hill this morning ahead of a planned protest against COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government’s pandemic policy, the Canadian Press reports.

Many stand along the snow-covered lawn of Parliament Hill near the 100-year-old flame despite the cold air hanging over the national capital.

Ottawa police do not report any problems related to the incident as people slowly roll into the center and join trucks parked along Wellington Street in front of the Parliament buildings.

Hundreds of vehicles from western Canada, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are expected to arrive within the next few hours to join those already in Ottawa.

The Danish Parliament’s Protection Service expects that as many as 10,000 protesters will be present today.

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9:42

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9:30

Report: Trudeau moved

The CBC has reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hunkered down in an undisclosed location due to security concerns. His itinerary for today is more vague than usual. It simply indicates his location as the National Capital Region, which includes Gatineau. Trudeau went into isolation after being exposed to COVID from one of his children, but has since tested negative.

The PMO said Saturday morning: “The Prime Minister continues to isolate himself in the metropolitan area and work remotely. We have consulted Ottawa Public Health on appropriate protocols. As always, we do not comment on security issues.”

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9:16

Montreal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather said he was concerned that the truck driver convoy could turn into something resembling the “January 6” uprising or the Charlottesville riots.

On January 6 last year, a crowd of Donald Trump supporters rioted and stormed the Capitol Building in Washington.

In August 2017, a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, attended by neo-Nazis and white nationalists, turned violent with clashes between protesters and counter-protesters.

It then became fatal when a 20-year-old man accelerated his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and wounding 35.

Husband tweeted Friday: “When I see what’s going on today, I’m not sure if I’m more worried that this will look like Charlottesville or the uprising on Jan. 6. Either way, it’s something I was hoping for. never to be seen on this side of the border. “

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9:07

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Friday night

Ottawa Police say everyone behaved

The roar and cheering continued throughout the late evening, and fireworks blazed in the center, but no illegal behavior was detected by Ottawa police on Saturday night.

“I can tell you that there were no arrests and there is nothing further that we can share at this time. There were no incidents to report,” said Constable Paramjit Singh, of the Ottawa Police Service Media Relations Department on Saturday around noon. .

Several truck convoys are expected to arrive today from the east and west. Ottawa Police expect approximately 2,000 vehicles and 5,000 pedestrians in Ottawa today.

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