The Ottawa Police Chief told reporters this week that the Canadian military may be brought in to remove the ‘Freedom Convoy’ from the Capital City, saying the group poses a “massive risk” to the public.
“This is a national issue, not an Ottawa issue,” Ottawa police Chief Peter Sloly said in a briefing to city councilors. “I am increasingly concerned there is no policing solution to this.”
“Sloly said that clearing protesters out of the city also comes with risks, that police aren’t capable of blocking access to the capital and that he would need a force of 50,000 officers to do so. He said that military aid remains a possibility,” reports Fox News.
“There is no lawful authority to seal a city. There’s no practical capability to seal a city of this size,” Sloly said.
“Can you be clear about what you mean?” asked the reporter. “That is alarming to people, and I’d like to hear what we’re talking about when we say that.”
“Increasingly, as we see demonstrations, not just here, but elsewhere in the country, where there are efforts by strictly a policing action, we are not as confident as we have been that police alone will resolve this situation substantially, never mind in totality.”
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