The Prime Minister of Ontario, the Canadian province that is at the center of the mobilizations against the health measures, has declared this region a state of emergency, due to the “illegal” demonstrations that have been going on for two weeks.
“We are taking all necessary measures to ensure the opening of the border (including with the United States). “To the besieged Ottawa residents, I tell them, 'We're going to make sure you can get on with your life as quickly as possible,'” Doug Ford told a news conference.
The prime minister said he would convene a cabinet meeting soon to issue orders clarifying that “it is illegal and criminally heinous” to block roads and disrupt the transport of goods, the movement of citizens and the operation of services.
Ford also promised new criminal measures against protesters, such as fines and possibly jail time for those who disobey his government.
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