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Photos show trucks and people blocking city streets as Canadian truckers protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates force Ottawa into gridlock

Photos show trucks and people blocking city streets as Canadian truckers protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates force Ottawa into gridlock
Trucks remain parked behind police barricades as truckers and supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 5, 2022.REUTERS/Blair Gable
  • Truckers in Ottawa have been protesting the country's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
  • Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles are lining the city center and blocking crucial roads.

Truckers in Ottawa, dubbed the "Freedom Convoy," continue to protest a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that went into effect on January 15, which requires truckers to present proof of vaccination in order to cross the border.

Their trucks, other vehicles, and supporters have lined the city's streets, blocking major roads near Ottawa's city center.

Photos show the blocked streets, loyal supporters, and counter-protesters who are urging the group to go home.

Truckers in Ottawa — who have dubbed themselves the Freedom Convoy — have been protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates for nearly two weeks.

Truckers in Ottawa — who have dubbed themselves the Freedom Convoy — have been protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates for nearly two weeks.
People walk in the street as truckers and supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 5, 2022.      REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

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Ottawa's mayor, Jim Watson, declared a state of emergency Sunday — 10 days after the protests began.

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Signs sit on a police baracade as truckers and their supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 7, 2022.      REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

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The Freedom Convoy initially set out to protest vaccine mandates for truckers who travel over the US-Canada border.

The Freedom Convoy initially set out to protest vaccine mandates for truckers who travel over the US-Canada border.
A person wears a surgical mask that has been cut out, as truckers and supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 6, 2022.      REUTERS/Lars Hagberg

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Canada's mandate, imposed on January 15, requires truckers to present proof of vaccination in order to cross the border. Truckers without a vaccine are required to quarantine and take a COVID-19 test when they return from the US.

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A truck sits near Parliament Hill as truckers and their supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 7, 2022.      REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

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Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles have lined the streets in central Ottawa, blocking crucial city streets.

Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles have lined the streets in central Ottawa, blocking crucial city streets.
A person walks while holding Canada's flag in front of parked trucks during a protest by truckers and supporters against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 5, 2022.      REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

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To help keep their trucks running, supporters of the protest have been bringing fuel to the vehicles. Ottawa police threatened to arrest anyone caught helping the protesters.

To help keep their trucks running, supporters of the protest have been bringing fuel to the vehicles. Ottawa police threatened to arrest anyone caught helping the protesters.
People carry fuel cans after police said they will be targeting the truckers' fuel supply as truckers and their supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 7, 2022.      REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

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A Canadian judge ruled Monday that the truckers had to stop honking their horns for 10 days, saying the noise from their horns interfered with Ottawa residents' "right to quiet."

A Canadian judge ruled Monday that the truckers had to stop honking their horns for 10 days, saying the noise from their horns interfered with Ottawa residents
A person looks over the truckers' supplies as truckers and their supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 7, 2022.      REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

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As the demonstration rages on, counter-protesters also joined the crowds, urging truckers and other demonstrators to "go home please."

As the demonstration rages on, counter-protesters also joined the crowds, urging truckers and other demonstrators to "go home please."
Demonstrators stage a counter-protest at city hall as truckers and supporters continue to protest against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 5, 2022.      REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo

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