Monday morning Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act in an attempt to disperse the Convoy for Freedom trucker's protest currently in its third week in the nation's capital city.
The act gives police and authorities extraordinary powers of search, seizure and arrest of those deemed participating in an "unlawful demonstration". Police have threatened to take the children of protesters into the custody of the province, snatch pets, bank accounts have been seized, and vehicles have been towed.
The convoy has been in Ottawa since the end of January demanding an end to covid measures though the protests began as opposition to cross-border vaccine mandates for truckers.
Police arrested the two leaders of the convoy, Tamara Lich and Chris Barber on multiple charges of criminal mischief, on Thursday night.
But in advance of the arrests, teams of police took to the streets, handing out notices to the protesters about a coming enforcement.
Rebel News journalist Alexa Lavoie has been on the scene in Ottawa for the last 3 weeks, and she was with the convoy as they were handed notices Thursday morning to get an immediate reaction from the protesters.
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