- Since Saturday, anti-mandate demonstrators have been arrested for blocking the road leading to the Pacific Highway crossing point.
- Early in the day, Mounties advised drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area and use a different border crossing.
Anti-mandate demonstrators blocking the road leading to the Pacific Highway crossing point since Saturday have been arrested.
At about 1:30 p.m., Mounties created a line just north of the border crossing in south Surrey, B.C., and began arresting anti-mandate protesters, some of whom had camped out overnight.
Following Saturday’s anti-mandate protests, the land-border crossing had already been closed since the initial Saturday afternoon. Still, dozens of people arrived on Sunday with Canadian flags and signs to walk more than a kilometer to the camp.
As per the press release from Surrey RCMP, four people had been arrested for mischief as of 2 p.m.
“Moreover, some of the vehicles, as well as protestors who stayed overnight Saturday now, have packed up and also left the area,” police said in a statement.
“Police have blocked off the area near the border on 176 Street and feeder routes, and the border crossing is still closed at this time.”
Mounties had advised drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area earlier in the day and use a different border crossing.
“The public should expect continued traffic congestion and road closures in the area,” police said, noting that 176 Street was closed to westbound traffic at 184 Street and that 0 Avenue was closed to westbound traffic at 184 Street.
According to police, southbound traffic on 172 Street was also blocked at 8th Avenue.
“Police are working with residents to keep the area near the border closed to all but local traffic,” the RCMP said.
Hundreds of protesters dropped on the area on Saturday in support of the self-described “Freedom Convoy” that has been occupying Ottawa for several weeks, calling for the lifting of all COVID-19-related restrictions.
Protesters in Surrey were initially prevented from reaching the border by RCMP, who forced them to park across 8th Avenue and congregate was at its intersection with 176 Street.
Several commercial trucks and a military-style vehicle that broke through the RCMP’s barricade aided demonstrators in their march south to the border in the afternoon.
After assembling at the border for most of the afternoon, the crowd dwindled as the sunset, leaving only a small group to stay the night.
“While yesterday’s protests were mostly peaceful, those who breached police barricades are being investigated,” Surrey RCMP said on Sunday. “Based on the proof got at the time of the incident, police will be following up.”
Source: CTV News
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