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Alberta RCMP statement regarding Coutts border assembly

The Alberta RCMP says they are preserving the peace and maintaining public safety at the Coutts border crossing.

Police say what may have begun as a peaceful assembly quickly turned into an unlawful blockade. They add that they are in a position to conduct enforcement and have been engaged with protesters to find a peaceful and safe resolution for all involved. Police thought they were gaining ground, but the protesters eventually chose not to comply.

As of this morning, further action is being taken by the Alberta RCMP as this blockade continues to impede the ability for emergency agencies to provide full services to area residents. It has also negatively impacted the flow of goods and services and impedes the public’s freedom of movement.

Video from the scene shows police going vehicle to vehicle and some trucks have left the blockade but other trucks and farm equipment have taken their place.

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