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Opening of the last blockade of truckers between the United States and Canada

The last of three trucker protest border checkpoints between the United States and Canada were set to reopen on Wednesday.

The blockade in Emerson, Manitoba, which borders North Dakota, was expected to be fully cleared Wednesday afternoon.

“Over the past six days, our officers have continued to use open communication and a measured, tempered response,” said Sergeant Paul Manaigre, media relations officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba. “This ongoing dialogue between our officers and the protesters allowed us to reach a resolution yesterday.”

The truckers’ protests, which began in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, are in their third week. Truckers are demanding an end to vaccination mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions.

Last week, blockades similar to the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Ontario and Michigan, opened, as did another blockade in Alberta, which borders Montana.

The blockades had hampered trade between the United States and Canada.

The protest in Ottawa continues and police distribute notices threatening the truckers with arrest if they don’t leave.

Ottawa police have started ticketing some trucks.

Many participants remain suspicious.

“If it means I have to go to jail, if I have to be fined for freedom to be restored to this country, millions of people have given so much more for their freedom,” said David Paisley, who visited in Ottawa with a friend who is a truck driver, the Associated Press told.

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to end the protests.

Some information in this report comes from The Associated Press.

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