Rebel News reporter Sydney Fizzard tweeted that he saw one arrest, and two confiscations of heavy equipment by the RCMP tactical team, though the reason for the arrest and seizure of property is unclear.
Fizzard has been embedded in the border blockade at Alberta's main border crossing with Montana since January 30 when farmers and truckers began blocking the border in a protest against COVID restrictions. The protest is part of a larger nationwide movement of convoys against government pandemic response.
The tactical team remained in Coutts throughout the night.
The escalation in police activity comes after the startling revelation that police had sabotaged three pieces of heavy equipment stored on private property in the area.
Rebel News is crowdfunding lawyers to aid truckers and farmers in their interactions with police, including fighting several traffic-related tickets issued 20km away at Milk River where many supporters of the blockade are amassing.
To donate, please visit TruckerLawyer.ca