Traffic resumes at Ambassador Bridge hours after reopening in Windsor, Canada

Traffic resumes at Ambassador Bridge hours after reopening in Windsor, Canada

A steady stream of trucks as far as the eye could see made its way across the Ambassador Bridge at dawn Monday, with their lights illuminating the dark morning skies hours after the reopening.

Authorities set up jersey barriers along Huron Church Road in Windsor, Ontario to keep local traffic back and prevent protesters from attempting another blockade that has disrupted business on both sides of the Canadian-US border. 

DailyMail.com witnessed police cars lining all intersections leading up to the bridge, with officers threatening to arrest anyone who breached the route. 

Meanwhile, just a half a block away at a shopping plaza, a few hearty protesters were seen standing on a mound of snow around 6am, waving the Canadian flag and still shouting out ‘freedom’ as the temperature hovered around four degrees Fahrenheit.

‘It is a little upsetting because we did work really hard to secure Huron Church,’ one protester, Tristan Emond, 22, told DailyMail.com, his voice hoarse. 

A steady stream of trucks made its way across the Ambassador Bridge at dawn Monday, with their lights illuminating the dark morning skies hours after the reopening. Police cars lined all intersections leading up to the bridge, with officers threatening to arrest anyone who breached the route

A steady stream of trucks made its way across the Ambassador Bridge at dawn Monday, with their lights illuminating the dark morning skies hours after the reopening. Police cars lined all intersections leading up to the bridge, with officers threatening to arrest anyone who breached the route

Authorities set up jersey barriers along Huron Church Road in Windsor, Ontario to keep local traffic back and prevent protesters from attempting another blockade that has disrupted business on both sides of the Canadian-US border.

Authorities set up jersey barriers along Huron Church Road in Windsor, Ontario to keep local traffic back and prevent protesters from attempting another blockade that has disrupted business on both sides of the Canadian-US border.

Trucks were seen driving down the road towards the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario following days of disruptions

Trucks were seen driving down the road towards the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario following days of disruptions 

DailyMail.com witnessed a few demonstrators waving the Canadian flag and still shouting 'freedom' at a nearby shopping plaza at 6am on Monday hours after the Ambassador Bridge reopened. Pictured: Protester Tristan Emond, 22

DailyMail.com witnessed a few demonstrators waving the Canadian flag and still shouting ‘freedom’ at a nearby shopping plaza at 6am on Monday hours after the Ambassador Bridge reopened. Pictured: Protester Tristan Emond, 22

‘It’s pretty sad how the government can shut down the economy for two years and small businesses completely lose their livelihoods, but the second we start affecting the government and the big businesses and big corporations is when they put their foot down and when they start having issues.’

‘It’s freezing out here, but we got to deal with it if we want any change.

‘This is not over. This will not be over till we get our rights and our freedom back here,’ the Windsor local added. 

Police swept through the convoy Sunday morning following a standoff that began Friday evening when a Canadian judge issued a 10-day injunction making it unlawful to block Ambassador Bridge – which connects Windsor with Detroit. 

Protesters in trucks, cars and vans had blocked traffic in both directions since Monday, choking the supply chain for Detroit’s carmakers.   

Then in the afternoon, a moving line of officers, supported by an armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tactical unit, pushed protesters back to expand the exclusion zone and arrested about two dozen people on mischief charges.

‘I was standing there waving my flag and a couple RCMP officers came right behind us and grabbed the one guy who was with me by the back of the neck, lifting him up then slamming him onto the ground,’ said Emond.  

A moving line of officers supported by an armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tactical unit, pushed protesters back to expand the exclusion zone and arrested about two dozen people on mischief charges on Sunday

A moving line of officers supported by an armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tactical unit, pushed protesters back to expand the exclusion zone and arrested about two dozen people on mischief charges on Sunday 

Cops forced the demonstrators to clear the bridge by stepping up their presence with more than 50 vehicles, including cruisers, buses and an armored car

Cops forced the demonstrators to clear the bridge by stepping up their presence with more than 50 vehicles, including cruisers, buses and an armored car 

Police arrested some 25 to 30 protesters in Windsor who refused to clear off the bridge, and they now could face up to a year in jail and $100,000 fines under Ontario Premier Doug Ford's emergency decree

Police arrested some 25 to 30 protesters in Windsor who refused to clear off the bridge, and they now could face up to a year in jail and $100,000 fines under Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s emergency decree

A judge on Friday ordered an end to the blockade at the Ambassador Bridge, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency with threats of fines and jailtime for those blocking access

A judge on Friday ordered an end to the blockade at the Ambassador Bridge, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency with threats of fines and jailtime for those blocking access 

‘The other RMP officer tried to grab me, but I had already gotten too far away from him.

‘I’m absolutely disgusted with the way police have treated us,’ he said. ‘We have done nothing but peacefully protest.’

Across the street, Mason Hill, 32, was grabbing coffee at a Tim Horton’s, seeing dozens of emergency vehicles blocking access to Huron Church. 

The barriers were preventing him from bicycling to his job at a nearby retirement home.

‘This is ridiculous,’ Hill told DailyMail.com. ‘I understand this is cause and effect of the protest. I am happy to see the trucks moving away.   

‘At the same time, what they’re doing right now with the lights and blocking all the side roads off, it seems too excessive.’

Ben Skill, 23, was grabbing a breakfast sandwich. A day earlier, he was among the protesters.

‘I guess things had to get moving at some point,’ said Skill, a toolmaker. ‘The police are doing their jobs. As protesters, we were doing our job too. We have been directly affected by the closure of the bridge, too, but it’s still for a good cause.’

A line of police officers stand by in tactical gear as the crack down on demonstrators who blocked the entrance to the bridge Sunday

A line of police officers stand by in tactical gear as the crack down on demonstrators who blocked the entrance to the bridge Sunday

Demonstrations against Canada's Covid vaccines and restrictions and have blocked several crossings along the US-Canada border over the last two weeks and hurt the economies of both nations

Demonstrations against Canada’s Covid vaccines and restrictions and have blocked several crossings along the US-Canada border over the last two weeks and hurt the economies of both nations 

Traffic is seen flowing across the Ambassador Bridge on Monday morning after the final protesters were cleared away. Police on Sunday arrested about 30 demonstrators who could now face a year in jail and fines of $100,000 Traffic is seen flowing across the Ambassador Bridge on Monday morning after the final protesters were cleared away. Police on Sunday arrested about 30 demonstrators who could now face a year in jail and fines of $100,000

Traffic is seen flowing across the Ambassador Bridge on Monday morning after the final protesters were cleared away. Police on Sunday arrested about 30 demonstrators who could now face a year in jail and fines of $100,000

Trucks drive down the road towards the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario on Monday after the border crossing finally reopened to traffic last night

Trucks drive down the road towards the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario on Monday after the border crossing finally reopened to traffic last night

Barry Brugge, 44, who was getting hot coffee for his wife, said he was happy to see the bridge reopened, especially because it means his daughter could return to work at a local McDonald’s, which was forced to close during the blockage.

‘It’s nice to see traffic going again,’ Brugge said. ‘I kind of understand the message the protesters were trying to make, but it was getting way out of hand.’  

Despite clearing the key bridge on Sunday morning, officials had kept Ambassador Bridge closed to traffic until later in the evening. 

Meanwhile, hackers on knocked the fundraising site GiveSendGo offline Sunday night in an attack targeting a campaign that raised at least $8.6million to support the Freedom Convoy demonstrations.

The attack redirected visitors to a taunting video from the Disney film Frozen, and a message slamming the Freedom Convoy as an ‘insurrection’ led by ‘known extremists.’

The hackers claimed to have stolen the list of donors who contributed to the campaign, which the leak site Distributed Denial of Secrets is now offering to share with ‘journalists and researchers.’

As of Monday morning, the GiveSendGo website appeared to be offline. Visitors to the website were met with the message that it was under maintenance and ‘we will be back very soon.’ 

A message seeking comment from the site’s operators was not immediately returned early Monday. 

Hackers have knocked the fundraising site GiveSendGo offline in an attack targeting a campaign that raised at least $8.6 million to support the so-called Freedom Convoy demonstrations in Canada

Hackers have knocked the fundraising site GiveSendGo offline in an attack targeting a campaign that raised at least $8.6 million to support the so-called Freedom Convoy demonstrations in Canada

The attack on Sunday night redirected visitors to a taunting video from the Disney film Frozen, and a message slamming the Freedom Convoy as an 'insurrection' led by 'known extremists'

The attack on Sunday night redirected visitors to a taunting video from the Disney film Frozen, and a message slamming the Freedom Convoy as an ‘insurrection’ led by ‘known extremists’

The US-based Christian fundraising site became the main conduit for donations to support the Freedom Convoy after GoFundMe buckled to pressure to shut down another fundraiser that had raised some $10 million

The US-based Christian fundraising site became the main conduit for donations to support the Freedom Convoy after GoFundMe buckled to pressure to shut down another fundraiser that had raised some $10 million

The hackers claimed to have stolen the list of donors who contributed to the campaign, which the leak site Distributed Denial of Secrets is now offering to share with 'journalists and researchers.'

The hackers claimed to have stolen the list of donors who contributed to the campaign, which the leak site Distributed Denial of Secrets is now offering to share with ‘journalists and researchers.’

The US-based Christian fundraising site became the main conduit for donations to support the Freedom Convoy after GoFundMe buckled to pressure to shut down another fundraiser that had raised some $10 million.

A Canadian court ordered the GiveSendGo funds to be frozen, but the website defied the order and said that the court did not have jurisdiction in the matter.

The funding of the Canadian protests has emerged as a key point of interest as authorities in Ottawa and elsewhere try to get a grip on the rallies, which have been blockading cities and border crossings across Canada with demands that include the deposition of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

GiveSendGo became a prime conduit for money to the protesters after mainstream crowdfunding platform GoFundMe blocked donations to the movement.

The Ambassador Bridge, North America’s busiest trade link, reopened for traffic late Sunday evening, ending a six-day blockade, Canada Border Services Agency said, after Canadian police cleared the protesters fighting to end COVID-19 restrictions.

The crossing normally carries 25 per cent of all trade between the two countries, and the blockade on the Canadian side had disrupted business in both countries, with automakers forced to shut down several assembly plants.

Police in Windsor  said earlier in the day that more than two dozen people had been peacefully arrested, seven vehicles towed and five seized as officers cleared the last demonstrators from near the bridge, which links the city – and numerous Canadian automotive plants – with Detroit. 

On Sunday police gathered to clear protestors against Covid-19 vaccine mandates who blocked the entrance to the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Sunday. The bridge reopened to traffic on Sunday night

On Sunday police gathered to clear protestors against Covid-19 vaccine mandates who blocked the entrance to the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Sunday. The bridge reopened to traffic on Sunday night

Police came in full force arresting protesters, who were charged with mischief, and towing vehicles

Police came in full force arresting protesters, who were charged with mischief, and towing vehicles

Police arrested a protester in Windsor on Sunday as officials began acting on a 10-day court injunction making it unlawful to block Ambassador Bridge

Police arrested a protester in Windsor on Sunday as officials began acting on a 10-day court injunction making it unlawful to block Ambassador Bridge

‘Today, our national economic crisis at the Ambassador Bridge came to an end. Border crossings will reopen when it is safe to do so and I defer to police and border agencies to make that determination,’ Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said in a statement on Sunday.

Police forced the demonstrators to clear the bridge by stepping up their presence with more than 50 vehicles, including cruisers, buses and an armored car on Sunday. The number of protesters still at the bridge had dropped to around 45 from Saturday’s roughly 100-person turnout. 

‘Enforcement is continuing in the demonstration area and there will be zero tolerance for illegal activity. The public should avoid the area,’ the Windsor Police Service tweeted on Sunday morning.

Protesters lingered in the vicinity of the bridge after their forced removal, however, gathering on sidewalks and in parking lots of local businesses.  

One small group convened at a Shell gas station with a couple of men in a pickup truck who were blasting Twisted Sister’s 1984 protest anthem, ‘We’re not going to take it.’

Traffic resumes at Ambassador Bridge hours after reopening in Windsor, Canada Traffic resumes at Ambassador Bridge hours after reopening in Windsor, Canada Traffic resumes at Ambassador Bridge hours after reopening in Windsor, Canada

Among the group was Kim Dion, 57, a contractor who drove 3 hours to join the protest yesterday and returned today at 5.30am.

‘I went to the hotel room had a rest, then when I came back, they started to come out in large numbers,’ he told DailyMail.com, referring to the hundreds of police officers that came down on the protest on Sunday morning.

‘They told everybody to move or you’re going to get arrested. So some of us started trekking back. and a few were staying there holding their ground. They pushed us back to here and this is where we’re watching,’ he said.

Dion said he feels good about what the protesters accomplished during their week there, adding that he wasn’t surprised by the crackdown.

‘I think this was a good statement and I think it’s getting more noticed around the world. [The police] had to do this to save some jobs. If Trudeau and Forbes didn’t do this, their necks are on the lines. So they did what they did. And we accomplished what we wanted. And at any moment’s notice, if things don’t change, we could bring thousands of people back here and do this all over again,’ Dion said.

‘The government needs to start listening to the people and stop calling us racists and every other name just because we have a different opinion than they do. We’re here for freedom. I’m here for my grandkids, my kids. And we need this country to get back to normal,’ Dion added, noting that he plans on leaving this afternoon.

Two RCMP tactical unit officers monitored the situation as police remove truckers and supporters

Two RCMP tactical unit officers monitored the situation as police remove truckers and supporters

Police officers arrest a person as they walk the line to remove protesters under a court injunction that made it illegal to block access to the bridge on Sunday

Police officers arrest a person as they walk the line to remove protesters under a court injunction that made it illegal to block access to the bridge on Sunday

Officers detained a protester on Sunday as police cracked down on the blockade

Officers detained a protester on Sunday as police cracked down on the blockade

Most of the protesters began dispersing from the Shell station around 9am, when Ontario Provincial Police officers threatened to cite them for trespassing. 

‘Business owners in the area of the demonstration are asking people to remove their vehicles from private property. They are also asking for police assistance to notify demonstrators to leave their property as they are trespassing,’ Windsor police tweeted.

‘The business does not want you on this property,’ one officer told the demonstrators at the Shell gas station.

‘We’re not stopping anyone from getting gas,’ one protester shouted backed, but the officer said he was ‘just a messenger’ and would have to arrest anyone who didn’t leave.

As of early afternoon, police maintained control of Huron Church Road, threatening to arrest any protesters who step foot on the roadway. Nearly a hundred demonstrators stood on the sidewalk, respecting the show of force even as some vowed to retake the road once police disperse.

Protester Victor Green, an elderly local resident originally from Great Britain, wore his old Royal Navy beret as he returned for another day of protest. 

‘We’re not blocking anything now, but I think the authorities realize that this police presence here today, with all the massive overtime, is costing people a fortune,’ Green told DailyMail.com. 

‘They can’t enjoy that and they’re eventually going to have to go. And as soon as they go, I can imagine the slow roll and the blockade will come back.

‘As long as there’s any kind of a protest, I’ll be making an appearance each and every day,’ he declared.

After they were forced away from the bridge, protesters lingered around local businesses until police began threatening to arrest people for trespassing. Among the group was Kim Dion (above), 57, a contractor who drove 3 hours to join the protest Saturday and returned Sunday at 5.30am

After they were forced away from the bridge, protesters lingered around local businesses until police began threatening to arrest people for trespassing. Among the group was Kim Dion (above), 57, a contractor who drove 3 hours to join the protest Saturday and returned Sunday at 5.30am

‘We are being accused of hurting the economy quite badly, but you know what?’ he continued. ‘This government through their mandates has been hurting the economy for the last 22 months.’ 

‘Just because Chrysler and General Motors complained that they couldn’t get their car parts across the border, the government and local mayor are concerned. They don’t seem to be concerned at all about the many, many lives that have been ruined over the last 22 months.’

‘There’s only one way to end this and that’s get rid of the mandates,’ he said.  

Tom Meahan, another protester, was more frustrated that the blockade was forced to end before protesters’ demands were met.

‘We spent the last two years throwing people’s freedom and liberty away for the illusions of these people’s safety, and it’s just not acceptable. And we came here to protest. I guess we’re just not in a democracy anymore because now the government doesn’t let you protest the government,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘Everything was strong last night. They waited until most of the protest had subsided, then came in and did their dirty work. They need to trade their black shirts for brown shirts here. This could have been ended day one. All we had to do is get our premiere and cowardly prime minister to step up and end these mandates. It’s totally unnecessary. It’s time for us to move on,’ he added.

Meahan said it felt like ‘watching the end of our democracy’ to see the blockade come to an end and likened the Canadian police to the ‘gestapo.’ 

Mayor Dilkens defended the removal of protesters in a statement on Sunday, saying, ‘Canada is nation that believes in the right to freedom of speech and expression, but we are also bound by the rule of law.’

Ambassador Bridge carries about $360 million a day in two-way cargoes - 25% of the value of all U.S.-Canada goods

Ambassador Bridge carries about $360 million a day in two-way cargoes – 25% of the value of all U.S.-Canada goods

The estimated loss so far from the blockades to the auto industry alone could be as high as $850 million, based on IHS Markit's data

The estimated loss so far from the blockades to the auto industry alone could be as high as $850 million, based on IHS Markit’s data

He also stressed the importance of Ambassador Bridge for the Canadian economy. ‘This is the busiest border crossing, so it’s not just automotive. We are talking about things that impact the entire nation here. That’s why finding a resolution is so important,’ he said.

Ambassador Bridge carries about $360 million a day in two-way cargoes – 25% of the value of all U.S.-Canada goods trade.

Ford Motor Co, the second-largest U.S. automaker, General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp all have announced production cuts as a result of the blockade. Companies have diverted cargo to stem losses during the cuts.

The estimated loss so far from the blockades to the auto industry alone could be as high as $850 million, based on IHS Markit’s data, which puts the 2021 daily flow in vehicles and parts at $141.1 million a day. 

A cop policing the thousands of Canadian flag-waving protestors joining the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa has admitted to DailyMail.com: ‘They are in control – no doubt about that.’ 

He spoke out as demonstrators in Ottawa continued to drastically outnumber the city’s entire 1,480-strong force on Sunday, with officers now reduced to standing by and watching as around 4,000 people are now part of the occupation.

In fact, there appears to be a growing element of sympathy among some officers for the truckers and others who woke up on Sunday morning after enduring bone-chilling overnight temperatures of negative 24 Fahrenheit with wind chill.

Asked if he believed police would move in to smash the demonstration in Canada’s capital city, he replied: ‘No, I cannot see that happening.

‘It doesn’t matter how many boots we have on the ground, they have more.

‘It’s going to be up to these people, and I guess the politicians, when this ends.’

The officer, who would not be named, continued: ‘We’re doing the best we can, but we are outnumbered, overwhelmed and exhausted – especially on the weekend when lots of people who are not part of the actual trucker convoy have come down here.

‘Our priority is to keep the peace and make sure everyone is safe.

‘It’s less about enforcement. I can’t go around focused on violations for openly carrying alcohol and stuff like that that isn’t hurting anyone. We can’t start taking away fuel and water and the things these people need to survive.’

The cop also emphasized that using all his department’s resources to police the burgeoning demo would leave the rest of the city vulnerable.

‘People don’t realize that this is a city of 1 million people and this is happening in a few blocks of downtown – and only about 6,000 people live in the core,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘We have to continue responding to calls all over the city so we can’t pull everyone down here.

‘We are stretched. Vacation times have been suspended and everyone is doing overtime. We come here to a hotel and get a few hours of sleep and a shower and then we’re back out on the street.

Police marched through Windsor as authorities struggled to quell a two-week-old protest movement that also paralyzed downtown Ottawa

Police marched through Windsor as authorities struggled to quell a two-week-old protest movement that also paralyzed downtown Ottawa

‘We’re away from our families. I feel like we’re doing what we can with what we have to make this safe for everyone no matter what side you’re on.’

He made his views plain as the truckers’ protest over a Canadian government mandate – forcing them to be fully vaccinated when they return from their regular runs to the United States – continued to spread across the country.

Directly across from the Parliament Buildings, five men and a woman gathered around a makeshift campfire on Sunday morning amid the cacophony of noise from running truck engines and generators on day 16 of Ottawa’s ‘Red Zone’ occupation. More than 400 trucks are clogging the streets.

They all backed up the view that cops are now standing well back – and in some cases actually helping the demonstrators.

Will, 50, who refused to give his last name and is not a trucker, traveled 310 miles from Guelph, Ontario, said: ‘From what I can tell, they want to be here less than we want to be here.

‘They’re walking around, they’re saying ‘hi’ to people, they’re fist-bumping people – not all of them – but I’d say that a good 75 percent of them are just miserable.’

The hardy protestor and his group slept out in the grueling cold with the others – and has been in Ottawa three weeks. 

He continued: ‘At the very beginning the police were trying to do things to dissuade everybody. Take gas, take wood. Make up a couple of lies here and there, put it on the news.

‘Now, I haven’t seen anybody get a ticket.

‘There’s too many people. If they kept taking the gas you can’t get no heat. If they take the wood, you can’t heat. And there’s kids here, too. If somebody freakin’ died in their truck…

Police surround pickup trucks as they cleared protestors against Covid-19 vaccine mandates who blocked the entrance to the Ambassador Bridge

Police surround pickup trucks as they cleared protestors against Covid-19 vaccine mandates who blocked the entrance to the Ambassador Bridge

‘I don’t think the police could stop it. I don’t think they could do it. But the army could. However, they’re not going to fire on civilians. And I’m in it for the long haul, as long as I can stay.’

His fellow group member John, 57, who hitchhiked 225 miles from North Bay, Ontario, weighed in: ‘Even if they took every person off the grounds they still have all those trucks.

‘It’s not a win. How do you win it? It would take months to make it a win because you still have vehicles that you have to move.’

John said he lost a glove and a cop came to the rescue. ‘He saw me sleeping me on the steps and he brought me gloves with heating pads in them, said the demonstrator.

‘I can’t even publicly thank him for it because he would lose his job or have some sort of blowback. It’s a shame.’

He added: ‘Look, if Canadians who are known the world over for being polite can get this well organized and riled up, then I’m certain folk in the US would take it to a different level.’

A joint command center has now been set up between The Ottawa Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

A statement from the Ontario force on Saturday said this was to beef up enforcement that had been limited by ‘safety concerns – arising from aggressive, illegal behavior by many demonstrators’ and ‘limited police enforcement capabilities’.

It added: ‘We have a plan to end this unlawful occupation and await necessary reinforcements to do so.’

Police officers held a line as protesters marched in Windsor on Sunday

Police officers held a line as protesters marched in Windsor on Sunday

Ottawa City councilor Diane Deans, chair of the police services board, has admitted: ‘They (police officers) have been working very hard under very stressful circumstances. 

‘Everyone in OPS is extremely tired. This has gone on for 16 days with right now no end in sight, and they need help and resources.’

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency in the city last week. His spokesman Patrick Champagne called the protest an ‘unprecedented insurrection, which is now national and international in scope’.

Saturday saw many of the thousands of demonstrators and their supporters partying to loud music right outside the office window of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Street vendors had set up stalls selling Canada flags and were doing a brisk trade with people who draped them over their shoulders to continue the almost carnival-like atmosphere.

Firework displays on a nearby street went on past midnight. As demonstrators woke up on Sunday morning, music continued to blare from various locations around the static trucks.

But amid the revelry, truckers whose livelihoods depend on crossing the border to the US, the atmosphere over the weekend was more somber.

Drivers who parked their rigs in Ottawa’s historic Confederation Square continued to denounce Trudeau and remained defiant despite the lack of facilities and temperatures.

Christian Muntean, 45, of Windsor, vowed: ‘We will win. There is no way back. I won’t give up.’ 

Sitting in the cab of his immaculate yellow Peterbilt truck, the single dad added: ‘I’ve been here for the last three weeks. And I will stay until the end.

‘The end will be when the government, Trudeau, let’s us chose what we want. To let us chose what we want to put in our bodies.

‘I’m not vaccinated. That’s my choice. But I’m losing my livelihood because of it.’

Muntean said he will have lost 20,000 Canadian dollars if the stand-off lasts another week.

‘This my truck and I usually travel to the US, back and forth, back and forth. Now I can’t do it because I’m not vaccinated,’ he said.

‘I normally use the Ambassador Bridge twice a week. I’m losing a lot man, $20,000 a month.

‘I am angry and disillusioned. But people are kind. They give us food, water and occasionally some money to help out.’

A Ukrainian trucker who has been driving in Canada for 10 years was equally defiant.

He refused to be named, but insisted: ‘I’ve been here for two weeks and I’m not going anywhere.

‘I haven’t been vaccinated but that’s up to me, my personal choice.

‘It’s going to be extremely cold tonight but I’m not bothered by that. This is more important than surviving freezing temperatures- this is about our freedom of choice and our livelihoods.

‘I am losing at least $1,000 a day being here but I’m staying.’ 

Canadian police resumed operations Sunday to clear a key US border bridge occupied by trucker-led demonstrators angry over Covid-19 restrictions

Canadian police resumed operations Sunday to clear a key US border bridge occupied by trucker-led demonstrators angry over Covid-19 restrictions

Meanwhile, White House Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall wrote in a statement Sunday that the U.S. is ‘working closely with our Canadian counterparts to end the blockade of key bridges and crossings between the United States and Canada and to restore vital commerce between our two nations.’

Sherwood-Randall said that she and Canadian National Security and Intelligence Advisor Jody Thomas spoke last night about ‘the widespread damaging impacts the obstructions have already had on the lives and livelihoods of people in both our nations and the imperative of taking swift, strong action and deterring future blockades.’

Canadian officials told White House officials that ‘most protestors have been cleared from the Ambassador bridge, barriers are being removed, and the corridor is being secured,’ she added, noting that Canadian authorities plan to reopen Ambassador Bridge after ‘completing necessary safety checks.’

‘We stand ready to support our Canadian partners wherever useful in order to ensure the restoration of the normal free flow of commerce can resume,’ she concluded. 

Following Sunday’s events, Mayor Dilkens called for unity as the coronavirus pandemic reaches its two-year anniversary. 

‘I strongly urge all Provincial and Federal leaders to refrain from any divisive political rhetoric and redouble efforts to help all Canadians heal, as we emerge from almost two years of pandemic lockdowns and restrictions,’ he said.

Windsor police also attempted to bridge the divide following the protests. ‘Throughout this demonstration, Police have respected the protesters’ freedom of expression and their right to a peaceful assembly,’ the Windsor Police Service said in a statement on Sunday morning.

‘The Windsor Police Service along with policing partners used a progressive approach by ensuring open lines of communication and continuous negotiations with protestors. During these negotiations, demonstrators were made aware that their actions were illegal and subject to arrest,’ the statement continued, noting that several protesters were charged with mischief and multiple vehicles were towed.

‘We also recognize the rights of the general public, local residents and businesses to a safe environment. Police used discretion during the course of the demonstration to avoid creating an unstable situation and potentially putting the public at risk. This exercising of police discretion should not be confused with lack of enforcement,’ Windsor police added.

‘You will see a continued police presence in the area in order to maintain an environment that is safe. In an effort to work towards resuming traffic flow, a continuous assessment of the situation is vital to ensure a sustainable solution,’ the statement concluded.   

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