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Freedom Caravan leader Pat King was arrested during a police crackdown in Ottawa, Canada, on Friday – and he wanted the world to see it.
King, one of many prominent leaders in the trucking movement that swept Canada and attracted global attention, posted a video on Facebook when officers came to arrest him.
“I am detained by these officers now,” The king says in the videoAs the officer approaches. “I’m under arrest. We’ll talk to you soon.”
Moments ago, an officer announced his intentions.
“You’re under arrest, sir,” the officer said.
“Why?” asked the king.
King wrote in the commentary accompanying the post that he was arrested for mischief, advising to commit mischief, advising to commit obstructing a police officer and counseling for disobeying court orders.
“I would like to call my lawyer immediately… Do I have the right to a lawyer?” asks the king.
The officer answers: “Of course you do.”
Soon the video is cut off.
King’s arrest appears to have followed the arrest of at least two of the caravan’s top organizers.
Other leaders arrested
CBC reported that Barber was released on bail and released Friday night on orders to leave Ottawa within 24 hours.
Leech remained in custody. Her court hearing on Friday was adjourned to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, The report said.
Busloads of police officers were taken Thursday to Parliament House in Ottawa, the Associated Press reported, as workers erected a fence to protect government buildings.
Police in the Canadian capital on Friday arrested about 100 protesters and towed vehicles, the Associated Press reported, with other trucks seen driving away amid a show of force.
The news service reported that most of those detained were being held on corruption charges.
Earlier on Friday, the king was Post a separate video Urging truck drivers to stay peaceful and reminding them that they have the right to demonstrate against coronavirus rules and other restrictions – as long as they do so legally.
“I want to say to all four-wheel drive vehicles, and all four-wheel drive vehicles at the moment: You’re all good. You have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of protest,” King says in the video. “You can go up the hill, and you can be on the hill. Police officers won’t stop you if you’re acting lawfully under constitutional law. You can be there and still protest, guys. You’re allowed to go up the hill, so I ask everyone to head up the hill and start your protest.”
Truckers in Canada have been demonstrating for about three weeks at several locations across the country, including last week at a major stop at the Ambassador Bridge, the US-Canada border crossing connecting Windsor, Ontario and Detroit.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.