Windsor, Ontario – Protesters on the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Canada, stormed law enforcement and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after police cracked down a protest Sunday morning.
“This is Canada, it must be a free country,” an 83-year-old man named Joachim Makhnik told Fox News. “We have the right to protest” and “now we are even denied a place to protest.”
The Ambassador Bridge, which connects about a quarter of Canada and U.S. trade, has been blocked for nearly a week by protesters calling for an end to COVID-19 mandates. On Friday Fr. Canadian the court ordered the demonstrators to leave the territory.
The police started performance order on Saturday morning, but many demonstrators still remained that evening.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
One of the demonstrators said: “It is unrealistic. It would be nice to have a little more support from the police, but I think it all comes down to that. “
Lynn MacDonald said, “That’s funny,” referring to the large police presence. “It’s not something we spend our taxpayers’ money on.”
In a statement issued Sunday morning, Windsor police said: “During this demonstration, police respected freedom of expression and their right to peaceful assembly. this great event. “
But Makhnik felt that Trudeau and Ford’s “especially” response was turning Canada into a “communist system.”
On friday Trudeau called for an end to “illegal blockades that take hostage our districts and our economy.”
Other demonstrators also criticized Trudeau. “You can’t help but notice Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kneeling in solidarity with other groups, radical groups, and yet he shrinks when we, the people, speak,” the protester said. “It is bad for our leaders,” he said.
Many Canadian protesters felt their movement against COVID-19 mandates will continue.
“I think it’s going to continue because there are a lot of people who really strongly believe in what’s going on.”
Another woman, Lynn MacDonald, agreed and said, “We just need to regroup.”
Similarly, a protester told Fox News: “I’m here for my freedom, and it’s not over until it’s over.”
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said Sunday that “today our national economic crisis on the Ambassador Bridge is over” and “border crossings will open if it is safe”, postponing a decision by police and border agencies.