The Pentagon approved this Tuesday the deployment of troops from the United States National Guard in the face of trucker protests against the restrictions due to the pandemic that are expected soon in Washington.
According to various media, the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, authorized the use of 700 unarmed troops from this reserve corps of the Armed Forces in response to a request from the capital authorities and the Capitol Police.
The military will support the work of traffic control in anticipation that several convoys of truckers will meet in Washington to protest against the measures adopted to combat covid.19, following the example of the mobilizations seen in Canada.
several groups they are organizing those protests through the internetwith some of the promoters calling publicly to block road access to the city.
It is expected that some of the convoys that will depart from different parts of the country may be in Washington by next March 1, when US President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address.
In recent weeks, anti-vaccine truckers and those opposed to measures to stop the pandemic have occupied the center of Ottawa, the Canadian capital, and They blocked border crossings between Canada and the United States to protest government policies.
This weekend, the Ottawa Police dispersed most of the protest that had entrenched itself in the center of the city, in an operation that generated controversy for the use of pepper spray and batons against protesters.
Ottawa Police confirmed Sunday that they had arrested 191 people and filed charges against 103 of them. during his operation to disperse the anti-vaccine protest in the center of the Canadian capital.
For the first time in three weeks, the surroundings of the Parliament of Canada woke up on Sunday without trucks or protestersafter the local police expelled them on Saturday in an operation that generated controversy due to the use of pepper spray and other tactics against the crowd.
In total, 89 of those detainees “have been released under conditions” that include the prohibition to approach certain areas, while the rest are already unconditionally released, they added.
What’s more, the tow trucks took away 57 vehicles, mostly trucks, related to the protesterswhich in many cases were left parked in the area when the police expelled the crowd.
The Special Investigation Unit of the province of Ontario announced this Sunday that it is investigating the actions of the Police in two incidents on Friday and Saturday, the chain reported. CBC.
(With information from EFE)