Several people arrested for bringing gas to ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters in Ottawa, police say

Police in Ottawa have arrested “several people” for misdemeanor charges for bringing material goods to “Freedom Convoy” protesters as police begin cracking down on supplies of fuel and materials pouring into the city center.

Protesters have used vehicles, wagons and sledges to transport petrol cans and propane containers to trucks inside the ‘red zone’ around Parliament Hill, while the ten-day demonstration against COVID-19 vaccine mandates continues.

The police announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon, “anyone trying to bring material support to the protesters can be arrested. Enforcement is in progress.”

Deputy Chief Steve Bell told CTV News on Six that this is the next step in enforcement to deal with the ongoing protest in the center.

“Look at how we restrict things that move in and out of the protest area,” Bell said.

“We have really focused and targeted on removing access to gasoline to the area, and we have had several seizures and several arrests in connection with it.”

Police told CTV News Ottawa that the charge is known as “Aiding and Betting of Mischief” under Canada’s criminal law.

Early Sunday night, armed police officers and firefighters moved into Ottawa Baseball Stadium on Coventry Road, which has been used as the staging area for the demonstration. People at the scene said police seized 3,200 gallons of fuel stored at the stadium.

Ottawa police on Sunday reported that seven people were arrested and 100 tickets were issued.

“Several vehicles and fuel have been seized,” police said. “Officers arrested three people at Metcalf and Slater for misconduct. The investigation is ongoing and updates will follow.”

Two people were arrested on Coventry Road for misdemeanor.

Police said two more people were arrested Sunday morning – one charged with driving while prohibited, the other with property damage in a downtown business.

More than 100 tickets were issued in the demonstration zone on Sunday, including for excessive spouting, driving in the wrong direction, defective muffler, no seat belt and having alcohol readily available.

More than 450 tickets were issued in the protest zone around Parliament Hill on Saturday and Sunday morning after a “disruptive” weekend.

“During the night, protesters exhibited extremely disruptive and illegal behavior that posed risks to public safety and unacceptable distress to Ottawa residents,” police said.

Police and statutory officers have issued more than 450 tickets between Saturday morning and Sunday morning. Tickets were issued for the following violations.

  • Excessive noise

  • Use of fireworks

  • Lack of driving in marked lane

  • Red light violations

  • Driving through a route without a truck

  • Violation of the seat belt

  • Driving a motor vehicle on a sidewalk

  • Cell phone

  • Noise signs

  • Wrong muffler

  • Color (too dark)

  • Blocked number plate

  • Failure to present documents

  • Stunt driving (vehicle seized)

  • Suspended license

  • No insurance

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