British Columbia Sun

Vaccine order protesters force highway shutdown at Canada-U.S. border

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Key takeaways: 

  • Convoy from Chilliwack joins protesters blocking the Pacific Highway intersection since Feb. 5.
  • Protesters at the corner of 8th Avenue and 176 Street in South Surrey on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.

Protesters block the Canada-US border in Surrey: 

On Saturday, thousands of individuals assembled at the Canada-U.S. border in Surrey, B.C., for ongoing protests over pandemic orders and limitations, forcing cops to shut the primary route to the Pacific Highway border intersection.

Protesters have been occupying the Pacific Highway intersecting in South Surrey since Feb. 5, with a convoy of protesters uniting them from Chilliwack on Saturday morning.

The protest against public health actions is one of several coexisting demonstrations entering their third weekend across Canada.

They come despite objections from regional businesses and citizens who state protesters terrorized them throughout the week and multiple noise complaints due to loud honking.

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Protestors block the Canada-US border

“The result of this blocking is clogging already affected supply chains, businesses, and jobs. In a comment, this is inappropriate sabotage of the economy,” stated Anita Huberman, president of the Surrey Board of Trade. “To be precise, everyone has a right to oppose peacefully, but these types of protests are affecting businesses and livelihoods.” Source – cbc.ca

The Board of Trade stated they have signed a letter to the Prime Minister requesting measures to safeguard border infrastructure and administer quick requests to “assert a clear message that lawlessness will not be tolerated.”

The Surrey RCMP stated protests at the border were, for the most part, peaceful, and protesters were confronting “diplomatically” with law enforcement officials.

In a release, officers stated “considerable” traffic congestion at the corner of 8 Avenue and 176 Street from vehicles and individuals on foot. Police requested drivers to stay away from the site.

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