Feb. 12, 7:02 a.m.: Canada braces for action on U.S.-border bridge blocked by protesters
Canada was bracing for more protests on Saturday against the government's pandemic measures, with the focus on the vital U.S.-Canada bridge that remained be blocked by demonstrators defying a court order and emergency measures and disrupting the North American auto industry.
The "Freedom Convoy" protests, started in the national capital Ottawa by Canadian truckers opposing a vaccinate-or-quarantine mandate for cross-border drivers, entered its 16th day on Saturday.
Protests have spread to three border points, including the Ambassador Bridge, North America's busiest land border crossing, where dozens of vehicles have crowded since Monday, choking the supply chain for Detroit's carmakers.
Feb. 12, 12:20 a.m.: Protesters continue to defy injuction
Protesters opposing pandemic restrictions flouted a court order and emergency rules, continuing to occupy a vital Canada-U.S. trade corridor early on Saturday, hours after a judge granted an injunction to end the blockade that has crippled North America's well-knitted auto industry.
Feb. 11, 10:23 p.m.: Protesters defy court order, continue to occupy key U.S.-Canada bridge
Protesters opposing pandemic restrictions were still occupying a vital Canada-U.S. trade corridor late Friday, hours after an injunction order to end the blockade that has disrupted North America's auto industry took effect.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised President Joe Biden quick action to end the crisis and earlier on Friday a Canadian judge ordered an end to the four-day-long blockade of the Ambassador Bridge, North America's busiest land border crossing.
That order came into effect at 7 p.m. ET, but more two than hours after the deadline, about 200 protesters, including children, milled around the entrance to the bridge, waving Canadian flags, while others set off fireworks.
Police, who started to gather in a parking lot a few blocks away from the protesters, began handing out pamphlets that outlined penalties under Ontario's emergency order, which takes effect at midnight.
Trudeau earlier told reporters that no action was off the table.
Occupying access roads leading to the bridge on Friday, protesters voiced defiance and there was little sign of them backing down.
"Canada is supposed to be a free country," said Liz Vallee, a protester from Chatham, Ontario. "When that freedom is threatened, we must stand up."
Vallee said she and others would stay until all pandemic mandates are lifted.
Feb. 11, 4:34 p.m.: Court injunction could end bridge blockade
The Ontario Superior Court granted an injunction on Friday that could end the five-day blockade of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, as assembly plants in Ontario, Michigan and elsewhere continue to curtail production due to parts shortages.
- David Kennedy