US responds to blockade of truckers on border with Canada — RT World News

White House says ongoing US-Canada border blockade amid trucker protests ‘unrelated’ to vaccine mandate

While the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan remained closed to trucks on Tuesday night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki referred to the issue behind the closure as “sporadic traffic jam” and insisted it was unrelated to Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

“Unfolding protests across Canada, which have spread to a bridge, are causing traffic jams and sporadic blockages,” PSAKI told reporters during the Tuesday afternoon briefing.

While “some” congestion is due to protests, “It is clear that these disruptions have expanded their reach beyond the implementation of vaccine requirements,” she added.

I know there have been suggestions – not necessarily by journalists, at all – that this congestion is related to vaccine needs. It’s not.

PSAKI also endorsed the mandates for the vaccines, saying they were effective, helped protect people from the virus, and were implemented with “no disturbances.

His statement came as thousands of Canadian truckers, who drove across the country in opposition to the vaccination mandate, continued to camp outside parliament in Ottawa. Another group of truckers blocked an access road to the bridge between Michigan and Ontario on Monday evening.

On Tuesday afternoon, Windsor police said there were “limited access” at the bridge and urged commercial traffic to take an alternate route. The Michigan Department of Transportation was less circumspect, Tweeter: “THE BRIDGE TO CANADA IN DETROIT IS CLOSED.”

Several truckers taking part in the blockade told Canadian public broadcaster CBC they were there to specifically oppose vaccination mandates.

“People who want the vaccine, go get vaccinated. I don’t want the vaccine. I’m right here, we want our lives back” says Nick Friesen. “That mask on my face, that’s not how I want my kids to remember me.”

“I’m here for my children, just to get things back to normal” said trucker Sam Kovak. “Just end, give us back what we need to live again. Trudeau, Doug Ford, just listen to us,” he added, naming the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario. “We’re sorry, but we have to take a stand.”

The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest border crossing in Canada and the busiest in North America, accounting for 27% of trade between the United States and its northern neighbor, according to the Post-Millennial. Some 20 million people live along the corridor between Windsor and Quebec, the most densely populated part of Canada.

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