Here’s what you need to know about the ‘Freedom Convoy’ in Canada

A view of downtown Ottawa on Feb. 7. (Andre Pichette/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Protesters — some of them in big-rig trucks — have been jamming streets in the downtown core of the Canadian capital, Ottawa, in recent weeks to challenge coronavirus-related restrictions.

The demonstrators have called their movement the “Freedom Convoy” and, for the second weekend in a row, have blared horns, shot off fireworks, driven on sidewalks and engaged in what Ottawa police have described as “extremely disruptive and unlawful behavior.” On Tuesday, the convoy disrupted a second U.S.-Canada land crossing.

The Ottawa Police Service said that it is working to end the disruption and that officers have issued hundreds of tickets, made several arrests, and seized fuel and vehicles.

The police force also opened up criminal investigations into what it said was “threatening” and “illegal behavior.” The mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Sunday.

Here is what you need to know about the convoy in Ottawa and the roots of the protests: