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In January, the Freedom Convoy descended on Ottawa to protest the Trudeau Liberals’ Covid-19 regulations. After more than three weeks of occupying the capital’s streets, organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber were arrested, and the next day, the thousands of protestors were dispersed by police, in many cases with force.
In the months since, both Lich and Barber have been in and out of court and prison, but have been released on bail on the condition that they not speak with one another or others associated with the convoy. Their trial is set to take place in September 2023.
According to Global News, the trial is scheduled to begin early in the month, and last around sixteen days.
Both Lich and Barber have been co-accused of a number of crimes as a result of their involvement in the convoy, including mischief, obstructing police, and counselling others to commit mischief and intimidation.
The perceived harshness with which the justice system has treated the pair has garnered a fair amount of criticism, with many suggesting that their politics is a leading factor.
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