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Wednesday, 09 February 2022 10:54

Ambassador Bridge Shutdown into Canada Continues, Backs Up traffic on Blue Water Bridge

Written by Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press
A small line of semi-trailer trucks line up along I-75 in Detroit as the Ambasssador Bridge entrance is blocked off for travel to Canada on Feb. 8. A small line of semi-trailer trucks line up along I-75 in Detroit as the Ambasssador Bridge entrance is blocked off for travel to Canada on Feb. 8. Ryan Garza

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A protest by Canadian truckers opposed to pandemic vaccine mandates continued a third day, completely blocking traffic on the Ambassador Bridge into Canada on Feb. 9 and raising concerns about international commerce.

Exit ramps to the bridge on Interstate 75 in Detroit were closed off Feb. 9, and traffic was rerouted to the Blue Water Bridge, a twin-span border crossing, which has been backing up.

 

Truckers calling themselves the Freedom Convoy are opposing a Canadian mandate requiring drivers entering Canada to be fully vaccinated or face testing and quarantine requirements.

 

Police also said the demonstration included about 100 protesters and 50-74 vehicles.

 

It was unclear when the Ambassador Bridge demonstration would end and how much of a disruption the bridge protest would ultimately create for businesses, particularly automakers, with factories in metro Detroit and Windsor.

 

But Windsor police asked for more officers, and a rapidly growing list of Canadian provinces moved to lift their COVID-19 restrictions as protesters decrying precautions and trucks clog roadways in Ottawa, in addition to the Ambassador Bridge.

 

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Prince Edward Island have announced plans to roll back some or all measures, with Alberta dropping its vaccine passport for restaurants immediately and masks requirement at the end of the month.

 

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said Feb. 9 police were concerned clearing the blockade would escalate the protest. 

 

"When this bridge is closed for an hour, the auto sector notices," he added. "When it is closed for a number of days, people start demanding action, and we hear you. We’re not going to let this happen for a prolonged period of time."

 

In addition, Windsor police, according to CBC/Radio-Canada, asked for 100 additional officers as well as vehicles and help identifying individuals who are protesting in Windsor from elsewhere.

 

The Canadian truckers started protesting in Ottawa, Canada's capital, where more than...


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