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Protesters to End Border Blockades as Trudeau’s Threats Hit Home

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© Bloomberg. Lines of trucks block the U.S.-Canada border during a demonstration in Coutts, Alberta, Canada, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Since Saturday, a blockade of some 100 trucks has been in place on the north side of the crossing between Alberta and Montana to protest vaccination mandates put in place this month for truck drivers going across the Canada-U.S. border, the Toronto Star reports. Photographer: Gavin John/Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Protesters against vaccine mandates at two border crossings in Western Canada plan to leave after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government invoked emergency powers that could freeze their bank accounts and suspend their insurance.

A border crossing between Coutts, Alberta and Sweet Grass, Montana that had been closed Monday has partially reopened to traffic, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Gina Slaney said Tuesday by phone. Demonstrators have been at the border post since late January in a protest against vaccine mandates and Covid-19 restrictions.

“People are going home,” Slaney said, noting traffic is moving slowly as there are still vehicles on the road. “Vehicles can get through north and southbound lanes right now and it seems that vehicles are crossing the border.”

Demonstrators at a border crossing between Manitoba and North Dakota are also preparing to leave in unison Wednesday with a police escort, said Jake Klassen, a truck driver who joined the protest out of frustration he can not visit his daughter receiving palliative care unless he is fully vaccinated. People are worried the government will seize their property and protesters plan to leave in a “slow roll” tomorrow and reopen traffic, Klassen said by phone.

“A lot of grown men were crying,” Klassen said. “We didn’t think he was going to enact that. We could lose everything.”

The Manitoba border to the U.S. at Emerson (NYSE:EMR) was still closed as of 12:14 p.m. New York time, according to the website of Canada’s border agency.

“We accomplished something, I believe, but we didn’t accomplish what we went there to accomplish,” Klassen said.

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Protesters to End Border Blockades as Trudeau’s Threats Hit Home

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