Supporters of the “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa attempted to drive a chuckwagon carrying diesel fuel into the protest site Sunday afternoon, but were eventually prevented from proceeding any further towards the site of the protest by Ottawa police.
In a robust conversation captured by a Global News camera, the driver of the chuckwagon and other trucker convoy supporters attempted to persuade police to allow them to proceed to the protest site near Parliament Hill, with a chuckwagon with what appeared to be a large tank of diesel fuel in the back.
Ottawa police however refused to allow them to pass, citing public safety risks.
Police in Ottawa have said they are expecting as many as 400 more trucks and up to 2,000 people on foot to arrive this weekend to join the protest that has been rebranded by critics, including a lot of frustrated downtown residents, as an occupation.
Weekend protests in solidarity with the Ottawa event are being organized near provincial legislatures in Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Regina, and Victoria, as well as the Coutts, Alta., border crossing.
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