The US responds to the blockade of truckers on the border with Canada

While the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan remained closed to trucks since Tuesday night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has referred to the problem that caused the shutdown as “sporadic congestion” and insisted it was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The protests that are taking place all over Canadawhich have spread to a bridge, are causing congestion and sporadic blockades on the border between USA and Canada, Psaki told reporters at Tuesday afternoon’s briefing.

Protests in Canada

Protests in Canada. Several truckers participated in the blockade.

While “part” of the congestion is due to protests, “it is clear that these disruptions have expanded in scope beyond the implementation of the vaccination requirement,” he added. Psaki also backed the vaccine mandates, saying they have been effective, helped protect people from the virus and were implemented “without interruption.”

His statement came as thousands of Canadian truck drivers, who were driving across the country in opposition to the vaccination mandate, continued to camp outside parliament in Ottawa. Another group of truckers blocked an access road to the bridge between Michigan and Ontario on Monday night.

On Tuesday afternoon, Windsor police said there was “a limited amount of access” to the bridge and urged commercial traffic to use an alternate route. The Michigan Department of Transportation was less circumspect, tweeting: “THE BRIDGE TO CANADA AT DETROIT IS CLOSED.”

Several truckers participated in the blockade

Several truckers participated in the blockade.

As we mentioned in AmericanPost.NewsSeveral truckers who participated in the blockade told Canada’s state broadcaster CBC that they were there to specifically oppose vaccination mandates.

“People who want the vaccine, go get vaccinated. I don’t want the vaccine. I’m just here, we want our lives back,” Nick Friesen said. “This mask on my face, this is not how I want my children to remember me.”

“I’m here for my kids, just to get everything back to normal,” said truck driver Sam Kovak. “Finish, give us back what we need to live again. Trudeau, Doug Ford, just hear us out,” he added, naming the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario. “Sorry, but we have to take a stand.”

The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest border crossing in Canada and the busiest in North America, accounting for 27% of trade between the US and its northern neighbor, according to the Post-Millennial. Some 20 million people live along the corridor from Windsor to Quebec City, the most densely populated part of Canada.

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