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Blockade continues into Saturday at US-Canadian border near Emerson

The blockade continued into Saturday.

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Trucks and farm equipment lined up on Feb. 10 on the Canadian side of the Pembina-Emerson border crossing in protest of U.S. and Canadian requirements for truck drivers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to cross the border.
Submitted photo / Yness Boily
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EMERSON, Manitoba — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the blockade of the U.S.-Canadian border at Emerson has continued into Saturday.

The RCMP said that as of 11 a.m. Saturday there were still around 50 vehicles at the blockade, that number has mostly stayed the same since vehicles first started arriving early Wednesday morning

As of Saturday morning, all four lanes of Highway 75 at Provincial Road 200 are blocked in Canada. Police are advising motorists to expect substantial delays in the area and to avoid the Emerson area, if possible.

Emergency vehicles, including police vehicles, as well as some agriculture transports have been getting through the blockade, but otherwise there is no traffic flow in the area, RCMP said.

Semi-trailers, farm implements and passenger vehicles blocked the Canada-United States border at Emerson, Manitoba, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 10 . Officers from the Emerson and Morris RCMP detachments have been on scene since the vehicles arrived, and have received assistance from other RCMP detachments and units throughout the province, according to a press release from RCMP.

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Canadian truckers have been protesting Canadian and American policies requiring truck drivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 that went into effect in January.

The Manitoba RCMP immediately dispatched divisional liaison officers to the scene, and they are working with the protesters to reach a peaceful resolution, the release said.

As of Saturday, no tickets have been issued and no arrests have been made, per the RCMP.

“We understand and appreciate the frustrations felt by everyone involved and everyone affected,” said Chief Superintendent Rob Hill, officer in charge of criminal operations for the Manitoba RCMP. “The role of the RCMP is to ensure public safety and keep the peace while balancing the rights afforded to every Canadian under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

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Trucks and farm equipment lined up on Feb. 10 on the Canadian side of the Pembina-Emerson border crossing in protest of U.S. and Canadian requirements for truck drivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to cross the border.
Submitted photo / Yness Boily

Hill added that the RCMP is on scene and will remain on scene until the situation at the border is resolved.

"We will continue to use discretion to guide our response to this evolving situation," he said. "Let me stress that proper use of police discretion should not be confused with lack of enforcement. We always need to assess the situation at ground level and that may require us to wait for a lower-risk opportunity to do enforcement rather than inflame the situation.”

The RCMP release said officers are aware of a number of planned demonstrations throughout the province this weekend and are advising the public to expect delays due to convoys in the areas of Deacons Corner in the rural community of Springfield, the Perimeter Highway around Winnipeg, Highway 3 in the Morden area and the Selkirk area.

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Trucks and farm equipment lined up early on Feb. 10 on the Canadian side of the Pembina-Emerson border crossing in protest of U.S. and Canadian requirements for truck drivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to cross the U.S.-Canadian border.
Contributed / Simon Resch

Related Topics: U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER
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