While the police cleared the Ambassador Bridge earlier on Sunday and arrested some of the Freedom Convoy protests who had been protesting there, some protesters still remained in the surrounding streets, refusing to leave. Now, if the point was that they were blocking part of the Bridge and the Canadian government wanted it cleared, it is now clear. Yet, the government showed that wasn't the only reason for targeting the people — since they are still going after protesters.
This was the report of what happened during the earlier action.
My colleague @markgollom just heard from police:— Katerina Georgieva (@KatGeorgieva) February 13, 2022
– 12 arrests, most charged with mischief
– 7-10 vehicles towed
– no resisting arrest
– no injuries
– hoping to have roads cleared and traffic moving on them later today
– not clear when bridge will re-open
But police are still going after protesters even though they're on the sidewalks, and not apparently blocking anything.
Warning for coarse language:
It’s not clear how long the cat-and-mouse game can continue as police try to push out the remaining demonstrators who keep walking away and then coming back pic.twitter.com/hzxsFQjHTi— Thomas Daigle (@thomasdaigle) February 13, 2022
Demonstrators are keeping to the sidewalk.— Katerina Georgieva (@KatGeorgieva) February 13, 2022
Police presence is significant. pic.twitter.com/I1M8JJdUzp
More arrests pic.twitter.com/mxKzAtKcKU— Katerina Georgieva (@KatGeorgieva) February 13, 2022
Meanwhile, although it's been cleared, authorities haven't opened up the bridge yet.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, you have thousands of Freedom Convoy protesters still occupying the downtown area. But over the past two days, there have been counter-protesters, with some waving Communist flags.
Their organizer was riling them up against “fascists,” and can be seen here waving a Communist flag.
Man bearing communist flag riles the crowd, shouting "End the fascist occupation of Ottawa now!" through a megaphone. pic.twitter.com/6vuulOdKmA— postmdrn.ca (@ThePostMdrn) February 13, 2022
People who know what Communism is like, who suffered under it in Poland and are supporting the Freedom Convoy, had a few things to say to these leftists.
Polish immigrants detail their experience fleeing communism in the 80's and send a message to those flying communist flags at the counter-protests in #Ottawa #TruckersForFreedom #FreedomConvoy2022 #Cdnpoli #ParliamentHill pic.twitter.com/qGxKzq7JNZ— postmdrn.ca (@ThePostMdrn) February 13, 2022
The Premier of Alberta posted about the group, and noted how the Freedom Convoy people ran out the plants with objectionable flags.
Two weeks ago I called on convoy organizers to disassociate themselves from symbols of hatred displayed by a small number of people. They did so.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) February 13, 2022
Today pro-lockdown counter protestors displayed Communist flags & signs in Ottawa, but the media has been predictably silent about it pic.twitter.com/gUBLGqxFdw
Kenney is one of Canada's premiers who has announced that he would be dropping mandates.
Meanwhile here, the guy who is leading the group with the bullhorn is the one holding it and no one is running him out. They're all marching to its banner, which tells you everything you need to know about this group.
You also had union people who were ‘encouraged' to come out and march, holding signs against ‘hate.'
This notice is pretty funny.
The Trudeau Government was so concerned about the dangerous protests in Ottawa, their union PSAC (Public service alliance of Canada) emailed all their federal union members Friday February 11, to go counter protest in Ottawa. Legacy media… crickets pic.twitter.com/ME6Y2lT1fX— Kevin Pac 15 🇨🇦🇮🇹🇬🇧 (@kpac_15) February 13, 2022
So ,who are the only people causing trouble at the protest? Not the Freedom Convoy people, but counter-protesters, who were trying to block the Convoy protesters' cars and who were causing confrontations — just like the BLM does. They were smacking a car with their signs, and there was a report that one of them swung on one of the Freedom Convoy members. The police had to show up to back them off.
Just now the counter protest in Ottawa advocating for restrictions has blocked vehicles on route to the downtown.— Efron Monsanto 🇨🇦 (@realmonsanto) February 13, 2022
Someone in the crowd swipes a citizen journalists phone as he documents their actions. pic.twitter.com/dbpBpXyGqv
One of the Freedom Convoy protesters tried to reason with them. But the counter-protesters couldn't stop spewing hate, as he pointed out. They weren't interested in the truth. Good for him for trying, but these folks can't be reasoned with.
A couple protesters got out of their car and an argument broke out.— Mackenzie Gray (@Gray_Mackenzie) February 13, 2022
The protestor says to the counter protesters – “None of us are acting like terrorist or racist or hateful people like you guys are … this is the worst experience I’ve had in my whole entire life” #ottnews pic.twitter.com/uFdO29ue1e
Now, we should note that the counter-protesters didn't go downtown where the Freedom Convoy main contingent is camped; they didn't have the nerve for that.
Looks like they didn't have any real confrontations with the Freedom Convoy, so they had to bring in counter-protesters to get the real extremism.