Ambassador Bridge Protest Ends Today

The Ambassador Bridge recently opened back up after being closed for almost a week over protests against COVID vaccine mandates in Canada, WXYZ reported.

Right after 11 p.m. on Sunday, the Detroit International Bridge Company announced that the bridge reopened, according to the report.

The Windsor police said roughly 30 people were arrested that day at the Ambassador Bridge — six days after protestors initially blocked the bridge, WXYZ noted.

The protest with Canadian truckers led to impacting the Ambassador Bridge while making heavy traffic at Michigan’s Blue Water Bridge, FOX 2 Detroit reported in an initial report.

Heavy border backups between the United States and Canada made traffic problems one of the many issues as parts of the trade and commerce industry is impacted, too.

Some truck drivers found themselves going to other crossing options with subsequent “mile-long traffic jams in Port Huron and the entrance to the Blue Water Bridge are occurring as a result,” the article added. 

The shutdown was connected to a protest by the Canadian Freedom Convoy, a group of truckers not happy with the country’s vaccine mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions, the article added.

In a press release, Chairman of the Detroit International Bridge Company Matt Moroun noted in an earlier report that the Ambassador Bridge and all international border crossings are “critical” to international trade.

“This protest proves just how important the Ambassador Bridge and all border crossings are to Canada, the United States and international trade,” he said. “After the blockade is cleared, we need to shift our thinking and recognize that these crossings are too important to be subjected to politics and short term thinking that compromises the ability of commerce to flow and jeopardizes our jobs and our shared economy.”

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