‘Freedom Convoy’ Organizer Chris Barber Arrested in Ottawa: Video

Barber says protesters will stay in the city until mandates are lifted, CBC News reports.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Chris Barber, a key organizer of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ that has occupied Ottawa streets for three weeks, has been arrested in Ottawa, Canada according to CBC News.
  • Barber, currently in police custody, is expected to face criminal charges.
  • Video circulating online shows two Ottowa policemen emptying the contents of Mr. Barber’s pockets onto the hood of a police SUV, Barber’s hands behind his back. You can watch the video below.
  • Barber can be seen in the video sticking his tongue out to the camera in jest once he notices he’s being recorded.
  • The two policemen load Barber into the vehicle before getting into the SUV themselves.
WATCH BARBER’S ARREST:
BARBER’S WORDS TO OTTOWA RESIDENTS:

“We understand your frustration and genuinely wish there was another way for us to get our message across, but the responsibility for your inconvenience lies squarely on the shoulders of politicians who have [preferred] to vilify and call us names rather than engage in respectful, serious dialogue,” Barber said at the time.

BACKGROUND:
  • Barber has been described as one of the key leaders of the protest in Ottawa, which has now hit the three-week mark, CBC notes.
  • He’s also one of three protest organizers named in the class-action lawsuit filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by lawyer Paul Champ on behalf of his client, 21-year-old public servant Zexi Li.