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Trudeau invokes emergency powers in response to trucker protests

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Justin Trudeau invokes emergency powers in response to trucker protests

Canada’s prime minister says he aims to support, strengthen law enforcement amid ongoing anti-government blockades and rallies.

Justin Trudeau took unprecedented steps of invoking the Emergencies Act to crack down on anti-vaccine mandate protests.

"This is not a peaceful protest," Mr Trudeau said.

The scope of his measures would be "time-limited", "reasonable and proportionate" and would not see the military deployed.

Anyone who is linked to the protests will have their banks frozen without the new of a court order.

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