Police in Ottawa have made several arrests as hundreds of antigovernment demonstrators continue to ignore demands they leave the ongoing blockade in the city.
Reporters witnessed several people being arrested on Parliament Hill.
A few blocks from Parliament Hill, one of the convoy organizers was seen in handcuffs between two police officers.
The arrests started after Ottawa interim police Chief Steve Bell implored protesters to leave, saying he wants to end the demonstration peacefully.
One of the convoy organizers was seen in handcuffs. Authorities confirm Chris Barber was arrested.
There’s no word yet if he’s been charged, or what charges he may be facing.
BREAKING— #FreedomConvoy organizer Tamara Lich has been arrested by @OttawaPolice pic.twitter.com/cK9CadOPaR— Joe Warmington (@joe_warmington) February 18, 2022
Protest organizer Chris Barber taken into police custody on Albert Street, in the last hour. pic.twitter.com/YiXtIyYNH0— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) February 17, 2022