Canadian Police Arrest Organizers of Trucker Convoy Protests

Police in Canadian capital Ottawa have arrested two key organizers of the so-called Freedom Convoy protests on Feb. 17.

Police arrested Tamara Lich on Parliament Hill grounds on Feb. 17 and Chris Barber earlier in the day.

Video footage on social media showed police officers placing Lich in handcuffs.

Sources told CBC News that the two will remain in police custody and are expected to be charged criminally.

Fellow convoy organizer Pat King confirmed that police arrested Barber for mischief.

Lich earlier told the Canadian Press that she was at Parliament Hill police officers handcuffed Barber and led him away.

Lich also said that her personal bank account had already been frozen and she was resign that she was going to jail.

Lich and Barber are two of the three protest organizers named in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

The suit also names fellow protest organizer Benjamin Dichter.

Police also made other arrests and have warned other protesters in some 400 trucks and other vehicles parked around Parliament that they face arrest, seizures of their trucks, suspension of insurance, and freezing of their bank accounts.

The arrests came days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to impose bans on public assemblies deemed to be unlawful.

The emergency law also grants the government the ability to freeze protesters’ bank accounts without a court order.

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