Dozens of Canadian truck drivers have shut down traffic along the border between the United States and Manitoba as a show of opposition to the mandatory use of the Covid-19 vaccine.
An anti-Trump protest video circulated on social media, showing trucks waving the Canadian flag and putting up signs on Manitoba Highway 75 between Emerson and Pembina, North Dakota in the United States.
Due to the demonstration, both northbound and southbound traffic in Canada were impeded.
Canada’s new vaccination requirements for commercial truck drivers, which took effect on Saturday, prompted the truckers to stage a walkout.
There was “a demonstration involving a significant number of automobiles” on the highway at the Emerson Port of Entry, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Manitoba reported in a tweet.
The message stated that “both northbound and southbound lanes are disrupted.” “If you’re in the vicinity, please drive cautiously and expect delays.”
The cops said they were keeping an eye on the location.
On Tuesday, protesting trucks at Emerson swarmed the area with horns blasting. Global News quotes Jim Thorpe, a truck driver, as saying that it took him thirty minutes to cross the border from the protest’s starting site.
All southbound traffic to the United States and northbound traffic arriving from the United States are being obstructed by truck drivers circling MB-75 between Emerson Duty-Free and the Commercial Inspection station, he added.
Controversial new laws enable Canadian trucks to enter the United States, but they must undergo quarantine and Covid-19 testing before entering the nation if they are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated. Foreign truck drivers who have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A and B will not be permitted to enter the United States.
New vaccination requirements for truck drivers will go into force in the United States on January 22nd, making it illegal for drivers who have not been vaccinated to cross the border.
The Omicron form of coronavirus has triggered a dramatic rise in cases, and these measures are part of the governments’ response.
Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said last week that vaccination was “the proper thing to do” for Canada.
Truckers in significant numbers have been vaccinating themselves against the virus for months now. It is in everyone’s best interest, not just for themselves, but for their businesses and the industry, said Mr. Duclos.
Trade groups have argued that the vaccination requirement will put supply chains under strain because of the Covid-19-induced personnel shortages, according to CBC.com.
As many as 10% of the 120,000 Canadian truckers that cross the border may not be permitted to operate certain routes because they have not been vaccinated.