Toronto police militarize the city ahead of peaceful trucker protest

The police blockades were still being erected around the Ontario Legislature Saturday morning.

Toronto Police militarize the city ahead of peaceful trucker protest
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Friday night, Toronto police began moving in concrete barriers and vehicles to blockade a convoy of truckers and farmers from descending the provincial legislature, Queen's Park.

Chief James Ramer said that large vehicles will not be allowed to congregate around the legislature, and that demonstrators will be directed to staging areas and made to travel to Queen’s Park by foot.

The protest is part of a national 'freedom convoy' movement, with the largest protest taking place in Ottawa over the past week.

Tens of thousands of Canadians have descended on the nation's capital to protest the coronavirus lockdown and ongoing restrictions.

Ottawa police have taken similar steps to militarize that city, alleging criminality and violence from the protesters; however, police data shows a decline in police-reported crime since the convoy arrived. Chief Peter Sloly has promised to implement a "surge and contain" strategy.

Blockades were still being erected around the Ontario legislature on Saturday morning.

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