There is also outpouring of fury toward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

About 20 protesters milled about outside early Saturday while others remained in their pickup trucks and other cars.

Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court issued an injunction giving protesters blocking crossborder traffic until 7 p.m. Friday to clear out. However the deadline came and went.

Windsor police immediately warned that anyone blocking the streets could be subject to arrest and their vehicles could be seized.

OK the man said. Let’s stand tall. The protesters responded by singing the Canadian national anthem.

Since Monday drivers mostly in pickup trucks have bottled up the bridge connecting Windsor to Detroit. Hundreds more truckers have paralyzed downtown Ottawa over the past two weeks; it was a party atmosphere there Friday night when they even set up a concert stage.

Protesters have also blocked two other border crossings in Alberta and Manitoba.

The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest U.S.Canadian border crossing carrying 25% of all trade between the two countries. The standoff comes at a time when the auto industry is already struggling to maintain production in the face of pandemicinduced shortages of computer chips and other supplychain disruptions.

Ford said he would convene the provincial cabinet on Saturday to urgently enact measures that make it crystal clear it is illegal to block critical infrastructure. The measures will also provide additional authority to consider taking away the personal and commercial licenses of anyone who doesn’t comply Ford said.

Trudeau called Ontario’s decision responsible and necessary and said he spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden about it. He said he and Biden agreed that for the security of people and the economy these blockades can’t continue.

The protests have caused shortages of auto parts that have forced General Motors Ford Toyota and Honda to close plants or cancel shifts.

While the Canadian protesters are decrying vaccine mandates for truckers and other COVID19 restrictions many of the country’s infection measures such as mask rules and vaccine passports for getting into restaurants and theaters are already falling away as the omicron surge levels off.

Pandemic restrictions have been far stricter in Canada than in the U.S. but Canadians have largely supported them. The vast majority of Canadians are vaccinated and the COVID19 death rate is onethird that of the United States.

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