Canada’s Trudeau invokes emergency powers to quell protests

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PHOTO: Truckers and protesters gather for the opposition of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in Canada, Photo Date: 2/5/2022 Credit: GoToVan / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) —  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking emergency powers to weaken the protests by demonstrators who are paralyzing the capital city of Ottawa and blocking border crossings.

The protests over the country’s COVID-19 restrictions have been raging for more than two weeks.

Trudeau’s move on Monday to invoke the Emergencies Act gives the federal government and law enforcement broad powers to restore order. Trudeau is warning the protesters that time to go home is now.

But one of the protest organizers in Ottawa is vowing not to back down in the face of pressure from the government.

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