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Ottawa Mayor And ‘Freedom Convoy’ Agree to Move Trucks from Residential Areas

The mayor says he will meet with the convoy leaders if he sees that certain conditions are met
Freedom Convoy protesters gather near the Buffalo Peace Bridge. (John M. Mantel)
Freedom Convoy protesters gather near the Buffalo Peace Bridge. (John M. Mantel)

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says that he has reached an agreement with the leadership of the “Freedom Convoy” to remove trucks from residential neighborhoods this week.

Watson’s office told Canadian councilors on Sunday that he has reached an agreement through “backchannel negotiations” for the convoy to remove trucks blocking residential streets, according to CTV News.

“We have made a plan to consolidate our protest efforts around Parliament Hill,” “Freedom Convoy” president Tamara Lich said in a letter to Watson, adding that the “Freedom Convoy” board agrees with the request to alleviate pressure on residential areas and that organizers are currently working to get the truckers to “buy in.”

“The Freedom Convoy Board agree with your request to reduce pressure on the residents and businesses in the City of Ottawa,” Lich wrote. “We have made a plan to consolidate our protest efforts around Parliament Hill. We will be working hard over the next 24 hours to get buy in from the truckers. We hope to start repositioning our trucks on Monday.”

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