Windsor, Ontario, Mayor Drew Dilkens said in a statement Friday he was “disappointed” an injunction had to be sought to get protesters’ “illegal occupation” of the Ambassador Bridge to move.
“I remain hopeful for a peaceful and negotiated resolution to the current blockade,” he said. “Local, regional and national law enforcement will collaborate and coordinate how best to respond to this legal ruling and seek to re-open the Ambassador Bridge. No operational details will be disclosed, to ensure the safety and security of all involved.”
He added, that the “ongoing occupation is endangering the economic health of our region, Province and Country.”
He said, however, he understood many of the protesters feel “left behind” and that there was a lot of “healing to do emerging from this public health nightmare. Personally, I’m hopeful that this healing can begin tonight.”
Despite the injunction and a midnight deadline set by an Ottawa state of emergency declaration, the protesters haven’t left.
Bill Maher on Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’: They’re ‘not wrong’ to be ‘p—ed off’ at elites
Comedian Bill Maher defended the protesters on his show Friday, saying they’re not wrong to be “p—ed.”
“There is this idea, and it’s not wrong, that some people are staying home in their Lululemons and other people can afford to, like, wait out and get a free vacation and money from the government, and other people can’t. And they’re p—ed off- the people who can’t,” he said.
Truckers remain at Ambassador Bridge despite midnight deadline
Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates remained at the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windosr, Ottawa, Canada, early Saturday after both a 7 p.m. court and midnight deadline from Ottawa police where a state of emergency was declared.
The “Freedom Convoy” has remained at the bridge for five days, causing shortages of auto parts that have forced General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Honda to close plants or cancel shifts.