The Ottawa Police Service board held a meeting on Saturday to “specifically discuss the Service’s ability to provide adequate and effective policing to the residents of Ottawa” as the demonstrations outside Parliament Hill by truckers and their supporters against COVID-19 mandates surpasses the one-week mark.
Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly said that the force “needs more resources to contain the surge, manage the crowds that flare up on weekends, criminal enforcement and intelligence operations,” as the protesters filled the streets of downtown Ottawa for an eighth day.
Organizers of the truck convoy have vowed not to leave until policymakers meet their demands to end public health mandates tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sloly said on Friday that an additional 150 police officers would be deployed in the downtown area over the weekend to ensure the protests remain peaceful.
The latest protest comes a day after GoFundMe said it had removed the fundraiser set up in support of the protests, saying the fundraiser was now in violation of their terms of service. The company specified the violation was regarding “Term 8, which prohibits the promotion of violence and harassment.”
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