By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — The mayor of Canada’s capital declared a state of emergency on Sunday and a former U.S. ambassador to Canada said groups in the United States must stop interfering in internal affairs from the American neighbor as protesters opposed to COVID-19 restrictions continued to paralyze Ottawa. downtown.

Mayor Jim Watson said the statement highlights the need for support from other jurisdictions and levels of government. This gives the city additional procurement and service delivery powers, which could help buy the equipment needed by frontline workers and first responders.

Thousands of protesters descended on Ottawa again this weekend, joining about 100 who have remained since last weekend. Ottawa residents are furious at the incessant horns, traffic disruptions and harassment and fear no end is in sight after the police chief called it a ‘seat’ he couldn’t to manage.

The “freedom truck convoy” drew support from many American Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, who called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “far-left madman” who “destroyed Canada with insane Covid mandates”.

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“Previously, relations between Canada and the United States were mainly about solving technical problems. Today, Canada unfortunately faces radical American politicians who get involved in Canadian domestic issues. Trump and his supporters are a threat not only to the United States but to all democracies,” tweeted Bruce Heyman, former US ambassador under President Barack Obama.

Heyman said “under no circumstances should a group in the United States fund disruptive activities in Canada. Period. Complete stop.”

After crowdfunding site GoFundMe said it would refund or redirect to charities the vast majority of millions raised by demonstrators protesting in Canada’s capital, prominent US Republicans like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are complained.

But GoFundMe had already changed its mind and said it would refund everyone. The site said it cut off funding from organizers because it determined the effort violated the site’s terms of service due to illegal activity.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford called it an occupation.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxon tweeted: “Texan patriots donate to the worthy cause of Canadian truckers.” and Texas Senator Ted Cruz said on Fox News “the government has no right to force you to comply with their arbitrary mandates.”

“For some high-ranking American politicians, patriotism means hiring a mob to besiege a G-7 capital,” tweeted Gerald Butts, a former senior adviser to Trudeau.

In Canada’s largest city, Toronto, police controlled and later put an end to a much smaller protest by setting up roadblocks and preventing any trucks or cars from approaching the provincial legislature. Police also moved in to clear a key intersection in the city.

Many Canadians were outraged by the rude behavior of the protesters. Some protesters set off fireworks on the grounds of the National War Memorial on Friday night. A number carried signs and flags with swastikas last weekend and compared vaccination mandates to fascism.

Protesters have said they will not leave until all mandates and COVID-19 restrictions are gone. They are also calling for the removal of the Trudeau government, although it is responsible for some of the measures, most of which were put in place by provincial governments.

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