Hundreds sign petition calling on Mayor Watson, Police Chief Sloly to resign

By CityNews Ottawa

A petition critical of the Ottawa mayor and police chief’s handling of the now week-long ‘freedom convoy’ protests is being shared online and making the rounds on social media.

The petition asking for the resignation of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Police Chief Peter Sloly reached 630 signatures by the evening of Saturday, February 5.

It was launched two days earlier.

The petition says Ottawa is “under siege and occupied by an unlawful group” and calls the trucker protest dangerous, illegal and an “extremist movement.”

The organizer of the petition criticizes Watson for failing to “represent us to your fullest capabilities, to ensure our safety, and to ensure our freedoms and economic advantage.”

Sloly is accused of failing to ensure “the safety and freedom of the civilians who live in Ottawa.”

Protests against anti-vaccine mandates and the Justin Trudeau government have entered their second week.

The rally has been marked by traffic gridlocks in Ottawa’s downtown core, incessant honking and closed businesses. There have also been reports of aggression, racial taunts and hate crimes by participants of the trucker convoy.

Ottawa police says it has responded to more than 400 calls for service related to the protests since they began last weekend.

More than 50 criminal offences are being investigated by police. That included 11 hate crimes that resulted in four people being charged.

Ottawa police says all available officers have been deployed.

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