At the bottom of the Windsor-Quebec City corridor is the Ambassador Bridge, that serves as the starting point for the most densely populated and heavily industrialized region of Canada.
Thousands of trucks make their way through the corridor, en route to deliver goods to serve the 20 million people that live along this route.
The bridge, then, would be a natural target for a protest about cross-border restrictions and truckers' ability to works, and protests finally struck on Monday.
Protestors clogged traffic at the bridge for a second day on Tuesday, blocking the point of entry that serves as Canada's busiest border crossing, and the busiest in North America. The bridge on its own carries 27 percent of the total two-way trade between Canada and the United States.
“Our priority is the safety of all involved, the general public and property in surrounding areas,” tweeted Windsor Police on Monday. “We urge anyone involved in the demonstration to act lawfully, peacefully and respectfully. We will respond to unlawful activities or actions in an appropriate and professional manner.”
Traffic is now trickling into the US, with three lanes of traffic blocked into Canada. Police have closed Huron Church Road, which feeds into the bridge.
Police report that no arrests have been made. A statement from the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) states “The Agency can confirm that demonstrations are contributing to significant border wait times at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry (POE). Travelers, including truck drivers, may wish to use other ports of entry and consult the Directory of CBSA Offices and Services to confirm hours and availability of service before they head out. Please note that not all ports of entry can accommodate commercial traffic," reports CTV News.
"We did the rally Saturday, Sunday; we got here today around one o'clock.… By the looks of it we're here to stay," said Nick Friesen, a protestor, to CBC.
"People who want the vaccine, go get the vaccine. I don't want the vaccine. I'm just out here, we want our lives back. It stops you from doing stuff. I've got a family, I'm going to enjoy life. This mask on my face, that's not how I want my kids to remember me."
"I'm here for my kids, just to get it back to normal. They haven't played hockey, it's been a disaster. Just end, give us back what we need to live again. Trudeau, Doug Ford, just listen to us," said Sam Kovak, another protestor, from nearby Woodslee, Ontario.
"We're sorry, but we have to make a stand."
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