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Don Stephens, 65, a retired graphic designer, holds a sign on Parliament Hill to support trucks lined up in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. Protesters opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions have withdrawn their vehicles from a key U.S.-Canadian border bridge but ramped up demonstrations in cities across Canada. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

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Don Stephens, 65, a retired graphic designer, holds a sign on Parliament Hill to support trucks lined up in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. Protesters opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions have withdrawn their vehicles from a key U.S.-Canadian border bridge but ramped up demonstrations in cities across Canada. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Truck driver Mat Mackenzie, 36, and others protest COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. A judge has ordered protesters at the Ambassador Bridge over the U.S.-Canadian border to end the 5-day-old blockade that has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Canada protests sound common refrain: ‘We stand for freedom’

Timing of protests raised eyebrows since they began as many restrictions were being lifted

  • Feb 13, 2022
Truck driver Mat Mackenzie, 36, and others protest COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. A judge has ordered protesters at the Ambassador Bridge over the U.S.-Canadian border to end the 5-day-old blockade that has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
Police officers check a camper van driver on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Saturday, Feb.12, 2022 in Paris. Paris police intercepted at least 500 vehicles attempting to enter the French capital in defiance of a police order to take part in protests against virus restrictions inspired by the Canada’s horn-honking “Freedom Convoy.” The police said that several convoys were stopped from entering at key city arteries and over 200 motorists were handed tickets — amid a huge weekend mobilization of some 7,000 officers(AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)

Paris police fire tear gas to disperse banned virus protest

Police detained 54 people, handed out 300 tickets to motorists

  • Feb 13, 2022
Police officers check a camper van driver on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Saturday, Feb.12, 2022 in Paris. Paris police intercepted at least 500 vehicles attempting to enter the French capital in defiance of a police order to take part in protests against virus restrictions inspired by the Canada’s horn-honking “Freedom Convoy.” The police said that several convoys were stopped from entering at key city arteries and over 200 motorists were handed tickets — amid a huge weekend mobilization of some 7,000 officers(AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Political pressure grows for end to convoy protests as Ottawa warns of weekend surge

Political pressure grows for end to convoy protests as Ottawa warns of weekend surge

A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Injunction granted to prevent protesters from blocking Ambassador Bridge

Injunction granted to prevent protesters from blocking Ambassador Bridge

Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Protestors gather along Wellington Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Concerns about violence make it difficult to know when protests will end: Trudeau

Concerns about violence make it difficult to know when protests will end: Trudeau

Protestors gather along Wellington Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
People gather in support of the trucker convoy protesting measures taken by authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 and vaccine mandates at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. The City of Edmonton says it has been granted a temporary injunction to address nuisance noise from vehicles that participate in protests against public health restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Edmonton granted temporary injunction against noise before weekend protests

Edmonton granted temporary injunction against noise before weekend protests

People gather in support of the trucker convoy protesting measures taken by authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 and vaccine mandates at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. The City of Edmonton says it has been granted a temporary injunction to address nuisance noise from vehicles that participate in protests against public health restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
This combination photo shows, from left, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," and Sean Hannity, host of "Hannity" on Fox News. Several conservative media figures in the United States, including Carlson and Hannity, have taken up the cause of Canadian truckers who have occupied parts of Ottawa and blocked border crossings to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. (AP Photo/File)

US conservative figures cheer on Canadian trucker protest

US conservative figures cheer on Canadian trucker protest

This combination photo shows, from left, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," and Sean Hannity, host of "Hannity" on Fox News. Several conservative media figures in the United States, including Carlson and Hannity, have taken up the cause of Canadian truckers who have occupied parts of Ottawa and blocked border crossings to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. (AP Photo/File)
This combination photo shows, from left, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and Sean Hannity, host of “Hannity” on Fox News. Several conservative media figures in the United States, including Carlson and Hannity, have taken up the cause of Canadian truckers who have occupied parts of Ottawa and blocked border crossings to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. (AP Photo/File)

US conservative figures cheer on Canadian trucker protest

American protest could begin in Southern California as early as this weekend

This combination photo shows, from left, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and Sean Hannity, host of “Hannity” on Fox News. Several conservative media figures in the United States, including Carlson and Hannity, have taken up the cause of Canadian truckers who have occupied parts of Ottawa and blocked border crossings to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. (AP Photo/File)
Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin questions witnesses during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Sept. 17, 2020 in Washington. Slotkin complained Wednesday about a General Motors plant outside Lansing that’s being starved of parts from Canada by the ongoing closure of the border crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/POOL via AP-Chip Somodevilla

As border blockade persists, Canadians fear a pretext for more U.S. protectionism

General Motors plant outside Lansing being starved of parts from Canada

Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin questions witnesses during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Sept. 17, 2020 in Washington. Slotkin complained Wednesday about a General Motors plant outside Lansing that’s being starved of parts from Canada by the ongoing closure of the border crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/POOL via AP-Chip Somodevilla
Protestors gather along Wellington Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Protestors gather along Wellington Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
A truck convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing near Coutts, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. A woman says her family members couldn’t say goodbye to their dying mother because of the demonstators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta family misses chance to say goodbye to dying mother because of border protest

Alberta family misses chance to say goodbye to dying mother because of border protest

A truck convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing near Coutts, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. A woman says her family members couldn’t say goodbye to their dying mother because of the demonstators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A man puts a poster reads “Liberty Convoy” on a van before leaving for Paris , in Bayonne, southwestern France, Wednesday, Feb.9, 2022. Paris police on Thursday Feb.10, 2022 banned road blockades threatened by groups organizing online against COVID-19 restrictions, in part inspired by protesters in Canada. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Blockades by virus protest convoys banned in Paris, Brussels

Blocking traffic can lead to two years in prison

  • Feb 10, 2022
A man puts a poster reads “Liberty Convoy” on a van before leaving for Paris , in Bayonne, southwestern France, Wednesday, Feb.9, 2022. Paris police on Thursday Feb.10, 2022 banned road blockades threatened by groups organizing online against COVID-19 restrictions, in part inspired by protesters in Canada. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A protester affixes a flag to the top of their truck, parked beside a truck with a sign calling for the jailing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, outside Parliament Hill, as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions continues into its second week in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Conservatives appear increasingly split over whether a protest against COVID-19 health restrictions that's well its second week in the nation's capital should stay or go. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Conservatives split on whether convoy protest should stay or vacate Parliament Hill

Conservatives split on whether convoy protest should stay or vacate Parliament Hill

A protester affixes a flag to the top of their truck, parked beside a truck with a sign calling for the jailing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, outside Parliament Hill, as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions continues into its second week in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Conservatives appear increasingly split over whether a protest against COVID-19 health restrictions that's well its second week in the nation's capital should stay or go. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People listen to a sermon delivered by a pastor from the back of a flatbed truck parked on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Police are worried about kids that have been a fixture of the protests since they began more than two weeks ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Roughly 100 kids living in trucks involved in Ottawa convoy protest: police

Roughly 100 kids living in trucks involved in Ottawa convoy protest: police

People listen to a sermon delivered by a pastor from the back of a flatbed truck parked on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Police are worried about kids that have been a fixture of the protests since they began more than two weeks ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Police man a barricade in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 in Ottawa’s downtown core. Ottawa's city manager says all tow-companies on contract with the city have refused to haul away the large trucks that have gridlocked Ottawa's downtown for the second week in a row.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tow-truck companies refuse to haul away large trucks gridlocking Ottawa

Tow-truck companies refuse to haul away large trucks gridlocking Ottawa

Police man a barricade in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 in Ottawa’s downtown core. Ottawa's city manager says all tow-companies on contract with the city have refused to haul away the large trucks that have gridlocked Ottawa's downtown for the second week in a row.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canadians from all over travelled to Ottawa last week as part of a protest against mandates related to COVID-19. (Photo submitted by Al Fortin)

Ottawa residents, protesters scheduled to clash in court

Ottawa police are expected to provide updates on arrests and raids

Canadians from all over travelled to Ottawa last week as part of a protest against mandates related to COVID-19. (Photo submitted by Al Fortin)