A Canadian judge has denied bail to a prominent organizer of the three-week convoy protest against coronavirus restrictions in Ottawa
Pat King was arrested on February 18 and faces charges of mischief, counseling to commit mischief, counseling to commit the offense of disobeying a court order and counseling to obstruct police.
Justice of the Peace Andrew Seymour said he was not convinced that King, if released, would not commit offenses similar to those with which he is charged.
The protest by truckers escalated until a handful of border crossings between Canada and the United States were closed and key areas of the capital closed for more than three weeks. But all border blockades have now ended and the streets around the Canadian Parliament are quiet.
Seymour said he also lacked confidence in the bail offered by King, an Alberta woman who has known King for about four weeks.
King sat in the Ottawa courtroom wearing a camouflage jacket over a gray hoodie and matching sweatpants. King has been known to promote racist conspiracy theories online.
Other judges earlier denied bail for two other organizers behind protests against COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Ottawa protesters who have sworn never to give up are driven away by police in riot gear in what was the largest police operation in the country’s history.