A vehicle convoy has blocked a major Canada–U.S. border crossing in Manitoba as demonstrators protest in solidarity with the Freedom Convoy truckers in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
"A demonstration involving a large number of vehicles and farm equipment is blocking the Emerson Port of Entry," Manitoba RCMP said in a post on Twitter on Feb. 10.
Both northbound and southbound traffic has come to a standstill, the police said.
There have been several blockades of border crossings between Canada and the United States in recent weeks. In addition to Emerson, protesters also have blocked the highway to the Coutts border crossing in southern Alberta and the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.
The protests are in solidarity with the ongoing truckers' convoy movement in Ottawa, which was formed to oppose federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions.
Protesters in Windsor began gathering at the Ambassador Bridge on Feb. 6. As of Feb. 10, the border remained blocked.
The trucker protest movement in Canada initially started as a demonstration against the federal government's requirement for truck drivers to be vaccinated for cross-border travel but has since expanded in scope to demand an end to all COVID-19 mandates and restrictions. Supporters from across the country have joined the movement, and parallel protests have been sparked in other countries around the world.
Convoys of trucks and other vehicles headed to Ottawa in January, converging on Parliament Hill on Jan. 29. Many protesters have remained in the nation's capital, saying they will stay until the government removes all COVID-19 mandates.