Police remove protesters from bridge linking Windsor to Detroit but bridge remains closed

By: Thomas I. Likness
Eagle News Service

(Eagle News) — Police have cleared the remaining protesters blocking access to the Ambassador Bridge which links the border crossing between Windsor in Canada to Detroit in Michigan.

Efforts to remove them began yesterday. Today’s police action began as the sun rose.

But the bridge is still closed to traffic.

“Border crossings will reopen when it is safe to do so and I defer to police and border agencies to make that determination,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said Sunday in a statement.

Police continue have a presence in the area.

“Enforcement actions continue at the demonstration area with arrests being made. Vehicles being towed. Please continue avoiding the area,” police said Sunday on Twitter.

Several people have been arrested. There are no reports of violence.

The border crossing in Windsor is the busiest in North America and handles one-quarter of the cross-border trade between Canada and the U.S. worth an estimated US$500 million dollars a day.

Protesters have blocked it since last Monday as part of the Freedom Convoy which opposes COVID-19 public health measures.

A judge on Friday issued a court injunction forbidding protester from blocking the bridge.
(Eagle News Service)