After a small convoy of vehicles attempted to make their way toward Parliament Hill, the “Rolling Thunder” protest in Ottawa clashed with police, resulting in several arrests.
Many of the protesters were also part of the “Freedom Convoy” demonstration in February, which took over the capital for weeks in protest of vaccine mandates, COVID-19 restrictions, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The protest began relatively calmly on Parliament Hill on Friday, but as night fell a few hours later, a line of big-rigs, campers, and other trucks made their way into the heart of the city.
Protesters gathered around the trucks, and police in tactical gear formed a line and faced them down.
Police said in a release that seven people were arrested on various charges, including assaulting police, and 24 vehicles were towed. At least one truck also had its windows broken.
The protest is expected to continue Saturday with a convoy of hundreds of motorcycles through downtown, with a stop at the National War Memorial, before moving to Parliament Hill for another rally.
Source_ The Canadian Press