Emergency order passes; 402 blockade continues

A lone protestor walks beside the farm vehicles parked on Highway 402 around noon Saturday.

The Ontario cabinet passed new measures to help police across the province break up protests against vaccine mandates, including one in Lambton County.

About 25 farm vehicles have been parked on Highway 402 near the Forest Road exit since Wednesday in solidarity with protestors who have been occupying Ottawa since Jan. 28 and protestors at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, who have been blocking international traffic for five days.

The Lambton group has set up a camp just off the highway in a farmer’s field. Protestors and their supporters are going in and out of the camp, bringing food and visiting while a few people remain on the highway. Three police cruisers block the on-ramp however the roadway in front of the farm vehicles is open.

At the scene this afternoon, more than a dozen police cruisers and trucks were seen driving around in the area as well as Ministry of Transportation enforcement vehicles.

The new orders allow police to remove vehicles parked on the highway and to suspend or cancel the driver’s licenses, license plates and Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration┬ácertificates.

While police are moving in to try to clear the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, this afternoon there did not seem to be any movement to remove the Highway 402 protestors.