Trucker Convoy Shuts Down a U.S.-Canada Border Crossing
Coutts, AB — A crossing at the U.S.-Canada border remains shut down after a convoy led by truckers began a blockade on Saturday.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), a convoy of big rigs continues to block both the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic along Highway 4, south of Lethbridge to the Coutts, AB/Sweetgrass, MT border.
“At this time, no motor vehicles are able to access the border for entry/re-entry,” RCMP advised on Sunday.
Alberta RCMP ask motorists to continue to stay away from Hwy 4 south of #Lethbridge to the #Coutts border crossing. Traffic continues to remain immobilized in both the NB and SB directions. At this time, no motor vehicles are able to access the border for entry/re-entry. #ABRoads
— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) January 30, 2022
The demonstration at the Coutts border first began disrupting traffic on Saturday morning before resulting in a complete blockade, according to RCMP.
Alberta RCMP are issuing a travel advisory against travel in the area of Hwy 4 south of #Lethbridge continuing to the #Coutts border crossing due to heavy congestion and slow moving traffic. This is expected to continue for an unknown period of time. #ABRoads
— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) January 29, 2022
In an update provided Sunday evening, RCMP said it was engaged in talks with those blocking the roadway and is using a “measured” approach to resolve it.
“Our goal is to facilitate lawful and peaceful protest. This event is unlawful and we are asking those who are involved to clear the area,” RCMP stated.
Images posted to the AB Coutts Convoy’s Facebook group page show hundreds of big rigs in both directions.
Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney issued a statement on Sunday calling for an end to the blockade warning it could “dangerously impede the movement of emergency service vehicles.”
The blockade of the Coutts border crossing violates the Alberta Traffic Safety Act.
It is causing significant inconvenience for lawful motorists and could dangerously impede movement of emergency service vehicles.
This blockade must end.
My full statement: ⬇ pic.twitter.com/VbXTQTVft8
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) January 30, 2022
While the convoy is part of ongoing protests over Canada’s COVID-19-related mandates and restrictions including the country’s cross-border vaccination, testing and quarantining requirements implemented earlier this month, Freedom Convoy organizers — now in Ottawa — have repeatedly asked demonstrators to remain lawful.
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Cover Photo: Jake Zacharias/Facebook