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Canadian Freedom Convoy organizer arrested in Ottawa

Canadian Freedom Convoy organizer arrested in Ottawa

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One of the main organizers of Canadian Freedom convoy protest arrested in Ottawa.

The arrest of Chris Barber was announced during a debate in the Canadian Parliament on Thursday, CBC mentioned.

Barber, a senior leader of the convoy, is expected to face criminal charges, according to CBC. He had previously said in a press release that the politicians refused to engage in a “serious dialogue”.

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Trucks block a section of Metcalf Street during a “Freedom Caravan” demonstration in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Thursday, February 10, 2022.
(David Kauai/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“We understand your frustration and really wish there was another way for us to get our message across, but the responsibility for the inconvenience rests squarely with the politicians who have [preferred] To discredit us and call us names instead of entering into a serious and respectful dialogue.”

The arrest comes after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency law on Monday, which gives the government the power to remove protests by towing vehicles, and even more direct measures such as freezing personal bank accounts.

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“This blockade is illegal, and if you’re still participating, it’s time to come home,” Trudeau said. “This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people’s jobs, and restoring confidence in our institutions.”

Trudeau and Canadian Attorney General David Lamty said the move was temporary and would be limited geographically as well as in scope, and they also said the Canadian military would intervene.

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Trucks block roads in downtown Ottawa.

Trucks block roads in downtown Ottawa.
(Fox News Digital/Lisa Banatan)

Ottawa police recently distributed leaflets to truck drivers participating in the Freedom Caravan asking them to leave the area.

“You must leave the area now. Anyone blocking the streets, or helping others block the streets, is committing a criminal offense and you may be arrested. You must immediately stop any other illegal activity or you will face charges,” this post obtained by Fox News , is reading. “The people of Ottawa are denied the lawful use, enjoyment and operation of their property, and you cause the business to close. That is a disservice. Under criminal law. “

Emma Colton of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report