Feb 03, 2022
By Jane Brown
Ottawa’s police chief says all options are on the table, including calling in the military, to end the ongoing anti-vaccine mandate protest that continues to jam the downtown core of the nation’s capitol.
“The more this demonstration continues, the more the risk to public safety increases. Every option is on the table to resolve this demonstration. That said, there may not be a policing solution to this demonstration,” declared Chief Peter Sloly.
Chief Sloly also warns those who committed criminal acts during the demonstrations they will be charged and face the possibility of jail time.
“There is no statute of limitations on criminal acts in this country, and there is no where you can go in this country where we cannot find you and bring you to justice,” Sloly continued.
Police estimate the protest involved 8000 to 15,000 people on Saturday but is currently at several hundred.
Meantime, a breakthrough in negotiations has led to a break in a truckers’ blockade at a southern Alberta border crossing.
Mounties said last night that travel was still impeded, but some progress was made with the partial pullback on the fifth day of the blockade.