Residents in downtown Ottawa describe the stress and anxiety of living with an ongoing trucking protest

A man from Centretown says he was assaulted by protesters while trying to take pictures in Confederation Park on Monday.

Tim Abray has lived in the Centretown area for a decade, but described the last four days as “pretty challenging.”

Abray says he decided to go for a walk Monday around 6 p.m. “I went for a walk down the (Queen Elizabeth) driveway to see how many trucks were still here.” When he got to Confederation Park near the entrance to the National Arts Center, he says, “I was asked to leave.”

He describes the next moments after being contacted by protesters.

‘They asked me if I was a supporter or not and I said I was just here looking and that I live in the neighborhood. “They told me to go, and I said, ‘I do not think this is where I live, and everyone must be in the park,’ and he physically grabbed me and removed me from the property. ‘ he.

says Abray he still had his video recording at the time.

“I immediately went and talked to police officers on the spot,” Abray says. “It’s clear they’re not interested in a conversation, they’re interested in a confrontation, and that’s what we’ve been living with all weekend.”

Abray says he is not interested in raising charges.

Stress and anxiety for downtown residents

Residents living in Centretown describe the past four days as extremely loud, frustrating and stressful.

Sarah Mack, who lives in Centretown, has said there has been constant gravel outside her apartment all weekend and until Monday. She says she has trouble concentrating and working from home.

‘It has been nothing short of a nightmare. They fired fireworks all night. It was getting dangerously close to my windows. ”

Mack says her cat has also been stressed and has vomited due to anxiety. Mack says she has also been verbally assaulted by some protesters.

Mack says endlessly in view of the protests that she plans to leave. “I’m exhausted. Since this has no sign of ending at any point, I do not know what to do, what choice I have other than to leave the area.”

There are shared Facebook groups trying to help residents get supplies. Laurena Nash says: “We’re organizing attempts to get parents’ noise-canceling headphones for their babies or noise-canceling devices for rescue pets who have lots of anxiety … we’re trying to do what we can because there’s a lot of anxiety and stress out there. . “

Other residents tell CTV News Ottawa that some people are unable to get groceries or leave their homes due to security issues.

Meanwhile, police continue to ask residents to be patient. Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly says neighborhood resource teams will be back in the neighborhood on Tuesday.

“Our commitment is to relocate uniformed members, our neighborhood resource team that was previously stationed in the Market area, Lowertown, Sandy Hill, Centretown communities, reallocated from the operational demonstration command center that we have had for the past five days.”

Sloly says officers will help residents feel safe. “Their primary duty and focus is to create a sense of trust and security in these communities. And these are the communities that have been most directly and negatively impacted over the last five days.”

Sloly says the police goal is, “as soon as possible we will try to bring this city back to a sense of normalcy.”

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