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Ottawa declares state of emergency as Canada trucker protest paralyses city

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The mayor of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency ten days after a convoy of angry lorry drivers and protesters against Covid vaccine mandates occupied Canada’s capital.

Jim Watson said that the situation was “completely out of control” and posed a serious threat to residents. The demonstrators now outnumber the police in the city.

A couple of hundred drivers of articulated lorries have brought downtown Ottawa to a standstill, blocking roads with their vehicles, trailers, and tents.

They have been stockpiling propane in the centre of town and have set up kitchens, a speaker system, and bouncy castles.

Mayor Jim Watson said that the declaration highlights the need for support from other jurisdictions and levels of government.

The declaration gives the city additional powers around procurement and how it delivers services, and may also help the city purchase equipment required by frontline workers and first responders.

Earlier in the day, Watson had described the situation as "completely out of control."

"Clearly, we are outnumbered and we are losing this battle," Watson told local radio station CFRA.

Watson also called the truckers "insensitive," criticizing the noise produced by the protests.

According to Watson, protesters have continued "blaring horns and sirens and fireworks, and turning it into a party."
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