Canadian Officials to Fine and Jail Protesters in the Ambassador Bridge Blockade

Officials in Canada are planning to enact an order that will fine protesters blocking the Ambassador Bridge up to $100,000 and one year in jail.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says officials will also revoke personal or commercial licenses of those in defiance of the orders.

Early Friday there were signs of movement as protesters began to clear one lane on the bridge, but one protester moved his truck to block it, and told others to “hold the line.” After a brief huddle, he moved his truck out of the way again. Police on the scene said the bridge would not be reopening to traffic until all lanes were cleared.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer reiterated on Friday morning that they have been “burning up the phone lines” with Canadian officials about how to end the standoff. She said it was up to the Canadian government, but that she stood by ready to assist.

Detroit Free Press, Detroit News

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