In massive operation, police arrest convoy protesters and tow rigs that have blockaded Ottawa – The Globe and Mail

Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, two of the protest organizers, were expected to appear in court Friday after their arrest Thursday. A third organizer, far-right leader Pat King, is encouraging protesters via social media to continue their action. A convoy spokesperson said Friday afternoon that former Mountie Daniel Bulford, a prominent member of the convoy’s security team, had been arrested.

Police have begun one of the largest law enforcement operations in Canadian history in a bid to seal off and clear downtown Ottawa of demonstrators and large trucks that have been clogging up the streets for three weeks.

The multiday operation involves hundreds of riot police, mounted officers and special obstacle-removal teams to deal with truckers who refuse to leave their rigs, the source said. The Globe is not identifying the source because they were not allowed to discuss the plan drafted by an integrated command task force involving the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and Ottawa Police Service.

In massive operation, police arrest convoy protesters and tow rigs that have blockaded Ottawa – The Globe and Mail