and supporters continue to protest COVID-19
mandates, in Ottawa
Key events in Canada’s trucker protests
against COVID curbs
(Reuters) – Canadian
police on Saturday used pepper spray and stun grenades in an
attempt to restore normalcy in Ottawa, parts of which
have been paralyzed by
protesters opposing the government’s pandemic restrictions.
Here is a timeline of main events:
Nov. 19 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announces that
all cross-border truck drivers will be subject to mandatory vaccine
and quarantine requirements from Jan. 15. The trucking industry
association has warned the mandates could intensify supply-chain
disruptions, but opposes protests on public roads.
Jan. 28 – A convoy largely consisting of trucks starts arriving in
Ottawa from across Canada opposing the vaccine mandate. A similar
requirement is in place in the United States.
Jan. 29 – Thousands of protesters under the banner “The Freedom
Convoy 2022” hold a loud but peaceful protest in downtown Ottawa.
Jan. 31 – Trudeau, who was moved to a secret location, says
Canadians are disgusted by the behavior of some protesters in Ottawa
and says he will not be intimidated.
Feb. 2 – Leader of Canada’s main opposition Conservative Party, Erin
O’Toole, is ousted after a caucus vote, partly because of his
failure to embrace the anti-government protest quickly enough.
Feb. 5 – Protesters occupy downtown Ottawa for second straight
weekend. Protests spread to other cities including the financial
Feb. 6 – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declares state of emergency.
Feb. 7 – Police seize thousands of liters of fuel and remove an oil
tanker supplying the trucks. A court grants an interim injunction
preventing people from sounding horns in downtown Ottawa.