London police close core roads as anti-restriction convoy rolls through

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Police closed several roads around London city hall Saturday afternoon in anticipation of an anti-restriction convoy police estimate could include up to 150 vehicles.

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London police warned of potential traffic disruptions around the city as the demonstration moves through the city. Police said the convoy was beginning in the south end of the city and heading north on Wellington Road.

“Police are estimating approximately 150 vehicles in the convoy at this time. The vehicles are moving slowly, and areas of the city may be impacted,” the department said in Twitter shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday.

Parts of Dufferin Avenue and Picton, Wellington, Wolfe, Colborne and Angel streets are closed.

Officers are also stationed at the entrances to Victoria Hospital to ensure ambulances, staff and members of the public can access the site.

Vehicle convoys to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates have occurred in London for several Saturdays, causing relatively minor disruptions on city roads.

The latest London demonstration mirrors similar anti-government and anti-restriction protests in other Canadian cities including Windsor, Ottawa and Toronto.

Last weekend, a coordinated police operation in Ottawa busted a weeks-long occupation of the downtown core by demonstrators.

The Ottawa demonstration, which attracted truck drivers and supporters from across the country, began in opposition to the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truckers but evolved into a movement against pandemic restrictions and vaccination requirements in general.

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