Canadian politician arrested for participating in Freedom Convoy protests – JURIST
Ottawa Police Service Monday stopped a member of Ontario’s provincial legislature for participating in the “Freedom Convoy” protests in February, according to a statement.
Randall Hillier represents Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, an area east of Toronto at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Ottawa police said they began receiving complaints about “social media posts and other activity by an individual” during the February protests. After investigation, the Criminal Investigations Unit charged Hillier with two counts of mischief or obstructing property over $5,000, one count of obstructing or resisting someone assisting a public official or officer peace, two counts of obstructing or resisting a public official and one count of assaulting a peace or public official.
Hillier surrendered on Monday and was released on bail, the CBC reported. Before walking outside police headquarters, Hillier denied assaulting an officer.
The CBC said Hillier posted $10,000 for bail. A surety posted $25,000 to ensure he adhered to his bail conditions, which included avoiding general downtown Ottawa, refraining from contacting convoy organizers and not posting on social networks information about the convoy or anti-vaccine or mask mandates.
The Freedom Convoy was a protest against Canada’s vaccine and mask mandates that culminated in protesters descending on the nation’s capital in Ottawa, blocking streets and disrupting city functions. Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency on February 11 and police swept through the city to clear protesters ten days later.