Canadian police confiscated weapons, high-capacity magazines, bulletproof vests and machetes after arresting protesters

Canadian police confiscated weapons, high-capacity magazines, bulletproof vests and machetes after arresting protesters

Canadian police trying to clear one of several US bridges blocked by a freedom convoy were nearly rammed by a tractor trailer and seized a large cache of weapons, ammunition and body armor.

The Royal Canadian Mountain Police said on Monday that eleven people linked to the vaccination mandate protests that halted cross-border travel in Canada were arrested in the village of Coutts in Alberta.

Police described the arrests as “a small organized group as part of the larger Coutts protest”, and they blocked a crossing from Coutts, population of 245, to Sweet Grass, Montana for a week.

According to David McLean, vice president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, $44 million ($35 million) is traded daily at the Coutts intersection.

“The Alberta RCMP recently became aware of a small organized group as part of the larger Coutts protest,” they said in a statement.

“There was information that this group had access to a firearms depot with a large amount of ammunition.

“It was said that the group was ready to use force against the police if any attempts were made to break the blockade. This led to an immediate and complex investigation to determine the extent of the threat and the criminal organization.”

Protesters at Coutts Crossing, Alberta, earlier during the blockade.  The demonstrators were removed, and on Monday morning 11 people were arrested after weapons were found.

Protesters at Coutts Crossing, Alberta, earlier during the blockade. The demonstrators were removed, and on Monday morning 11 people were arrested after weapons were found.

Police stand near the US-Canada border in Alberta, where protests have been taking place for a week now.

Police stand near the US-Canada border in Alberta, where protests have been taking place for a week now.

Truckers block the US-Canada border in Alberta.

Truckers block the US-Canada border in Alberta.

Canadian police confiscated weapons, high-capacity magazines, bulletproof vests and machetes after arresting protesters Canadian police confiscated weapons, high-capacity magazines, bulletproof vests and machetes after arresting protesters

Three intersections are currently blocked, the most important for trade being the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

Early on Monday morning, the RCMP, having received a search warrant, raided three trailers and arrested 11 of them.

The police found 13 long pistols, handguns, several sets of body armor and a machete.

They stated that they had seized a large amount of ammunition and high-capacity magazines.

Currently, law enforcement officers are looking for the driver of a tractor trailer who tried to ram a police car.

The RCMP said the attempted attack was “an example of the militant mindset of a small section of the protesters.”

They said that the protesters’ vehicles involved were a large agricultural tractor and a semi-trailer that had participated in the blockade.

The driver of the police car swerved to avoid a collision, and the police followed the suspects to the place where the protesters were gathering. An agricultural tractor and a semi-trailer were confiscated, and the driver was identified as the police looking for him.

A Canadian trucker blocks the border near Coutts, Alberta.

A Canadian trucker blocks the border near Coutts, Alberta.

The Coutts protests, which lasted a week, were costing the country $48 million a day in trade losses, the finance minister said.

The Coutts protests, which lasted a week, were costing the country $48 million a day in trade losses, the finance minister said.

The riots in Alberta began when, 1,750 miles from Ontario, police were also working to keep the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit, Michigan, open.

Federal Treasury Secretary Chrystia Freeland said on Monday afternoon that the border blockade at Coutts disrupts CA$48 million ($37 million) of international trade daily.

The Emerson, Manitoba border block costs C$73 million a day, while the Ambassador Bridge blockade costs C$390 million a day.

The protesters were removed on Saturday morning and the police are now patrolling the area to prevent the blockade from being restored.

The Emerson Bridge was also opened, but with significant delays.

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