Canada: Judge orders end to truckers’ bridge blockade

A Canadian judge has granted a court order to end a truckers’ blockade of a vital trade link with the United States.

The chief justice of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice said the injunction would come into effect at 7 p.m. local time (midnight GMT) on Friday.

The Ambassador Bridge, linking Windsor, Ontario, with Detroit, Michigan, has been blockaded for five days.

Truckers’ protests against coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are also ongoing at other border crossings and in Ottawa.

The ruling was made at a court hearing on Friday. The specifics of the injunction are still being finalised, according to CBC News.

On Thursday, Windsor Police said that law enforcement from other jurisdictions were helping at the site of the protests.

Earlier on Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford warned that the protests were illegal, and declared a state of emergency for the province.

“Your right to make a political statement does not outweigh the right of hundreds of thousands of workers to earn their living,” Ford said.

The order increases the penalty for blocking crucial infrastructure, making an offence punishable by up to a year in jail and C$100 000 (US$79 000; £58 000) in fines. (BBC)

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