Protesters Remain at Canada-US Border Crossing Bridge Despite Court Injunction

By Lisa Lin
Lisa Lin
Lisa Lin
Lisa Lin is a reporter based in Windsor, Ont.
February 11, 2022 Updated: February 12, 2022

WINDSOR, Ont.—More protesters gathered by the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor on the evening of Feb. 11 compared to nights before, despite a court injunction to clear the blockade at the Canada-U.S. border.

Many protesters, who are demonstrating against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, left the area as it got late into the night, but some still remained past midnight.

Sam Helou, a Windsor resident who owns a parking lot close to the border crossing, says government’s COVID-19 measures have been detrimental to small businesses.

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Protesters at the site of demonstration against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions by the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)
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Sam Helou, who says he wants COVID-19 mandates and restrictions to end, stands by his commercial parking lot close to the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)

“They only care about big businesses, big corporations’ profits. What about the tens of thousands of people who lost their jobs because of these mandates? Enough is enough,” he said in an interview at the site of the protest on Feb. 11.

“Let’s open up our economy and bring back the jobs and our freedoms.”

Sandy Gill, a real estate agent from Vancouver, brought her children to the protest.

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Sandy Gill and her family protest COVID-19 mandates and restrictions by the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)
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Vehicles parked at the site of a demonstration against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions by the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)

“It’s not about vaccinated versus unvaccinated. It’s nothing like that. We’re not dividing  Canadians. We’re talking about everybody should have a right to choose. This is freedom of choice,” Gill said.

“I’m glad that this convoy stood up at the right time, and we’re really supporting them.”

Earlier on Feb. 11, the Ontario Superior Court granted an injunction to prevent the protesters from blocking the border crossing.

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Protestors and supporters at a blockade at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge, sealing off the flow of commercial traffic over the bridge into Canada from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, on Feb. 10, 2022. (Cole Burston/Getty Images)
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Police vehicles by the protest site at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)

Protesters have been blocking the crossing, which connects Windsor to Detroit, since Feb. 6.

The court injunction came into effect at 7 p.m on Feb. 11.

Also on Feb. 11, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province will be in a state of emergency due to the ongoing protests in Windsor and Ottawa.

The declaration includes giving authorities more powers to deal with any blockages in 400-series highways, airports, ports, bridges, and railways, Ford said.

Fines for non-compliance will be up to $100,000 and up to a year imprisonment, Ford said, adding that the provincial government will also provide additional authority for the police to take away the personal and commercial licenses of anyone who doesn’t comply with these orders.

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Protesters demonstrating against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions by the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)
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Protesters gather at the Canada-U.S. border crossing in Windsor on the evening of Feb. 11, 2022. (Lisa Lin/The Epoch Times)

The protests were inspired by the trucker protest movement that began as a demonstration against a requirement for truck drivers to have COVID-19 vaccination for cross-border travel. The protests grew in size as people from across Canada joined in, converging in Ottawa on Jan. 29, with many saying they will stay until all COVID-19 mandates are lifted.

Since then, more vehicle convoy protests have appeared in different parts of the country, including at major Canada-U.S. borders in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on Feb. 12.

Lisa Lin
Lisa Lin is a reporter based in Windsor, Ont.