Mass Arrests as Ottawa Police Ban Lawful Protest in the Seat of “Canadian Democracy”

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OTTAWA:  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms sent a cease and desist demand letter to Steve Bell, Interim Police Chief Ottawa Police Service on February 17, 2022, after hearing his warning that Canadians should not come to Ottawa to protest.

At a press conference earlier today, Interim Chief Bell said, “The secured area includes almost 100 checkpoints that will have police presence to ensure that those seeking entry to that secure area for a unlawful reason, such as joining a protest, cannot enter the downtown core.”

The Charter ensures that Canadians are free to peacefully assemble, to express their ideas, to gather to discuss them and communicate them widely to other people, including vigorous political dissent. These activities are basic forms of individual liberty. They are essential to the basic functioning of a democratic society like Canada. In Canada, people are free to discuss matters of public policy…

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