- Ottawa police said they are aware of planned Canada Day protests and will not allow a repeat of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ encampment that shut the city down earlier this year.
- The group planned a dance party on Parliament Hill, as well as festivities on the grounds of the Supreme Court of Canada, a march to City Hall, and a march through City Hall on Canada Day.
Police in Ottawa say they’re aware of planned Canada Day protests and won’t allow a repetition of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ encampment that shut down the city earlier this year.
Police said in a statement released Friday that they’ve received multiple inquiries about planned protests and other internet discussions and that they’ve been preparing for weeks.
“We will not allow the conditions that led to the February unlawful protests to recur,” police added. “To create our plan, we’re using lessons acquired from the unlawful demonstration, as well as the Rolling Thunder and related protests.”
Heritage Canada celebrations, which will be held in LeBreton Flats this year due to work on Parliament Hill, are expected to be larger than usual, according to police. They also expect several other major events to take place across the city.
“These elements, along with an increase in the number of rallies and demonstrations,” they stated on Friday. “There will be a huge rise in police presence as well as significant road closures.” Several additional policing resources from other services will be brought in.
Activists are preparing events from mid – June through Canada Day as well as the rest of the summer to protest the COVID-19 limitations that remain in place. Many were involved in or supported the three-week-long ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest in downtown Ottawa in January and February.
Veterans for Freedom is hosting a three-day conference in Ottawa next week and is planning a path for James Topp as well as his supporters to walk through portions of the city to the National War Memorial on June 30.
Topp is a Canadian soldier accused by the Department of National Defence in May after publicly opposing government vaccine regulations while serving in the military.
On Canada Day, the group planned a dance party on Parliament Hill, as well as events on the grounds of the Supreme Court of Canada, a march to City Hall, and a march City Hall.
As they did for the ‘Rolling Thunder’ event in late April, police say they will continue prohibiting automobiles in and around locations of national significance.
“The right to peaceful, legitimate protest will always be safeguarded,” police added. “The operational planning team is conscious that we do not want to overshadow this significant and joyous occasion.” We’ll have the resources and a plan to respond to safety concerns immediately.”
Source: CTV News
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