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Canadian police arrest at least 70 protesters in Ottawa

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Ação policial na capital do Canadá tem o objetivo de dispersar protesto iniciado há três semanas por caminhoneiros e outros manifestantes contrários aos passaportes vacinais

Police action in the Canadian capital aims to disperse a protest started three weeks ago by truck drivers and other protesters against vaccination passports| Photo: EFE/EPA/AMRU SALAHUDDIEN

At least 52 people were arrested and 17 vehicles were removed from the center of the Canadian capital, Ottawa, this Friday (18), during police operation with the aim of dispersing a protest started three weeks ago by truck drivers and other protesters who are calling for the overthrow of Covid-related health passports-12 implemented in the country.

The Associated Press reported that clashes took place between police and protesters, who chanted “freedom!” and sing the Canadian anthem.

Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to give the federal government extraordinary powers and quell protests against health restrictions – the demonstrations also included roadblocks along the border with the United States.

Also according to the CBC, the interim chief of police in Ottawa, Steve Bell, declared that the operation in the capital was based on the Emergencies Act, the state of emergency decreed by the province of Ontario and an injunction. “Without the authority given to us through these laws, we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do today,” said Bell.

However, the use of the Emergencies Act has yet to be recognized by the Canadian Parliament. This Friday, due to the police operation, discussion of the issue was suspended in the House of Commons. It should be resumed this Saturday (18).

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association announced on Thursday ( ) a lawsuit to challenge the invocation of the Emergency Law.

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