Police Warn Anyone Attempting to Materially Support Protesting Canadian Truckers Will Be Arrested

Police in the Canadian national capital of Ottawa have warned that anyone who gives material support to “Freedom Convoy” truckers protesting COVID-19 restrictions will be subject to arrest.

The warning, delivered via Twitter on Sunday, comes as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to take a hard line against the demonstrations that have paralyzed the capital. 

Bloomberg reported Monday that police have tried to cut off supplies to the trucker convoy — which has become a cause conservatives in North America and abroad have rallied around — but have been unsuccessful thus far.

Part of that effort included a stern warning to the general public on social media from the Ottawa Police’s official account.

“IMPORTANT: Anyone attempting to bring material supports (gas, etc.) to the demonstrators could be subject to arrest,” the tweet read. “Enforcement is underway.”

Ottawa Police also announced on Sunday they had arrested seven people and issued over 100 tickets related to the protest. Over 60 criminal investigations were also ongoing, they added.

It was unclear from their media release how many of these arrests or investigations, if any, were related to the protests, however.

However “Provincial Offence Notices were issued including excessive honking, driving the wrong way, defective muffler, no seat belt, alcohol readily available and having the improper class of driving licence,” police said.

As for those bringing supplies to the truckers, however, it’s unclear whether or not Ottawa has the ability to enforce their threat.

Canadian journalist Marie Oakes said in a tweet that she “just called the Ottawa police media relations and they said they aren’t aware of this tweet and would not provide me with a law that could lead to an arrest on these grounds. The police personnel then hung up the phone.”

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency on Sunday, according to Fox News, as the city remained paralyzed by 500 vehicles involved in the “Freedom Convoy” protests. In a statement, he said the state of emergency “reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the ongoing demonstrations.”

Prime Minister Trudeau echoed similar rhetoric, saying the protesters were “trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and our fellow citizens’ daily lives.”

“This pandemic has sucked for all Canadians,” he said in a Monday speech from the floor of the national legislature. “Everyone’s tired of COVID, but these protests are not the way to get through it.”