Over the past week, the normally non-newsworthy, very small town of Coutts, Alberta has become a well-known name among anyone following along with the truckers convoy. Now, just a 20-minute drive northwest of Coutts, another rural Alberta town is making news.
Milk River, a community with a population of less than 1,000 people, recently became the site of another major event within the Freedom Convoy protests.
When Rebel reporter Adam Soos learned that a blockade had begun in Milk River, he quickly headed to the site so that he could provide on-the-ground, honest coverage.
Early in the evening, Adam reported high spirits and many sights and sounds in Milk River, noting that ‘’Freedom is in the air!”
At around 8:45 p.m., the big rigs started joining in, with all types of heavy equipment adorned with Canadian flags and messages of freedom rolling in.
Less than two hours later, we learned from Rebel reporter Kian Simone that farmers at the Coutts border, approximately 20km south of Milk River, had once again blocked the border.
Adam interviewed one trucker in Milk River about his thoughts on this action by the farmers at Coutts, who agreed with it wholeheartedly, citing that “What are we left with? Look at the circus? ... This is about human rights, not only civil rights…”
Only half an hour before midnight, Adam announced the breaking news that the RCMP had reportedly erected another blockade in Milk River, with people not being allowed in to the original RCMP blockade area where the main protests were occurring, creating somewhat of a “no man’s land”.
Then, into the wee hours of the morning of Feb.8 at 1:21 a.m., Adam reported that the RCMP had shut down all incoming traffic to the blockade, and advised that no further negotiations would take place until later in the morning.
At about 2:20 p.m., Adam advised that the RCMP had prevented traffic once again from heading south at the Milk River checkpoint, so if someone were to leave the area, they wouldn’t be allowed back in.
No vehicles were being granted access.
Around 3:30 p.m., Adam reported that the RCMP seemingly opened the Milk River checkpoint and allowed traffic made up of both protesters and truckers seeking to cross at the border, just as the mainstream media set up their cameras!
So for now, the protesters and truckers will continue to stand firm — and by most accounts, it appears they are willing to wait as long as it takes.
Rebel News has three reporters in the area, including two embedded in the Coutts protest and another in Milk River. To support their independent journalism, please visit www.ConvoyReports.com.
A crowdfunded lawyer is assisting the blockaders in their negotiations with the police. To help pay his fees, please visit www.TruckerLawyer.ca.