As it happened: Police push to end trucker convoy blockade in Ottawa

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WATCH: Police continue arrests, towing trucks in Ottawa – Feb 19, 2022

Note: The live blog on this page has now been archived.

Police in Ottawa cracked down on the so-called “Freedom Convoy” that has occupied the Canadian capital for 24 days.

Police arrested some protesters that were wearing body armour and had smoke grenades on them. They also had miscellaneous fireworks in their bags, the police said.

Police said 191 people have been arrested, 79 vehicles towed and 389 criminal charges have been laid on 107 people.

While the city’s downtown was mostly cleared of vehicles and protesters, Ottawa Police Interim Chief Steve Bell said the operation is “not done.”

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He said police will now enter a “maintenance” phase to keep protesters out of the city’s downtown.

In the West Block, MPs in the House of Commons resumed their debate Sunday on the government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act that had to be paused Friday because of security concerns.

The debate is scheduled to continue Monday, with a final vote set for 8 p.m.

Global News followed Sunday’s events in the live blog below, which has now been archived.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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