Ottawa police vow crackdown on 'dangerous' trucker protest praised by Trump_laser freckle removal edmonton

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  • Donald TrumpDonald Trump45th President of the United States
  • Peter SlolyCanadian soccer player
  • Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau23rd Prime Minister of Canada

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) -Ottawa police vowed on Friday to crack down on an "increasingly dangerous" protest by hundreds of truckers who have shut down the center of the Canadian capital for eight days to demand an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The well-organized blockade, which police say has relied partly on funding from sympathizers in the United States, is unprecedented by Canadian standards. Hundreds more truckers planned to enter the city this weekend, Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly said.

"This remains ... an increasingly volatile and increasingly dangerous demonstration," he told reporters.

Protesters in the downtown core "remain highly organized, well-funded, extremely committed to resisting all attempts to end the demonstration safely," he added.

Some want an end to a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers while others insist Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau be deposed on the grounds he exceeded his authority by imposing restrictions to tackle the pandemic.

GoFundMe took down the Freedom Convoy's donation page on Friday, saying it was in violation of its terms of service.

"We now have evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity," the website said in a statement.

It said donors had until Feb. 19 to request a full refund, then it will "work with organizers to send all remaining funds to credible and established charities verified by GoFundMe."

In the western province of Alberta, where truckers have been blocking a major border crossing with the United States in a similar protest, premier Jason Kenney said ministers would meet early next week to start lifting restrictions.

"We can, and must, get on with our lives, restore our freedoms, and live with joy, not fear," he wrote on Twitter.

Sloly, who said he and other top officials had received death threats, likened the protest to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in Washington when thousands of supporters of former president Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.

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