February 2, 2022
New blockades have begun to appear in and around the same area where protesters have been set up at the Coutts border blockade, say the RCMP.
RCMP said they have been made aware of new blockades forming and have confirmed they will be monitoring the situation “with the full support of other Alberta law enforcement partners.”
Alberta RCMP are aware of other blockades that have appeared in the immediate surrounding area of the #Coutts border crossing. These blockades will be monitored with the full support of other Alberta law enforcement partners.
— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) February 2, 2022
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says RCMP officers at the Coutts border crossing have been assaulted and a cruiser rammed by some of the 100 remaining protesters.
Kenney said the allegations were brought to him on Tuesday when senior RCMP officers briefed him on the ongoing standoff.
“This is a serious situation,” Kenney said at a press conference, describing incidents of RCMP being “swarmed” by protesters.
He said one RCMP vehicle was rammed which caused another accident.
Kenney said he was “disappointed that a small number had broken the law.
“This is totally unacceptable. I am calling for calm.”
Kenney said RCMP told him 10,000 vehicles initially took part in a rolling convoy around the border crossing and RCMP “have done what they can” to deal with the remaining protesters.
He said the 100 remaining truckers have “negotiated in bad faith” with the RCMP trying to bring the standoff to an end.