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Why are ‘Freedom Convoy’ truckers protesting in Ottawa? Our reporters answered your questions.

The Post’s Amanda Coletta and Annabelle Timsit answered your questions about recent demonstrations in Canada.

Residents express frustration over noise as the 'Freedom Convoy' occupies the streets of downtown Ottawa with one goal in mind: Make Trudeau resign. (Video: Zoeann Murphy, James Cornsilk/The Washington Post)

For nearly two weeks, anti-vaccination mandate protests have clogged critical thoroughfares in Ottawa, snarling traffic around Parliament Hill, disrupting the daily lives of local residents and prompting the Canadian capital’s mayor to declare a state of emergency.

The members of the self-styled “Freedom Convoy” rolled up with a host of grievances. Some want an end to all pandemic restrictions. Others direct their ire at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They say they’re not leaving until their demands are met.

The protest, which has become a cause celebre for the political right, has spurred several other solidarity protests, including at the Ambassador Bridge that connects Windsor, Ontario, with Detroit — the busiest land border crossing on the U.S.-Canada border — and in Coutts, Alberta, another important crossing. It is also inspiring copycats from Europe to Australia and elsewhere around the world.

The Post’s Canada correspondent Amanda Coletta and breaking-news reporter Annabelle Timsit answered your questions about the “Freedom Convoy” protests in Ottawa.

Here are some of the questions they got to:

What is the impact of the Freedom Convoy” protests on other countries? Is it spreading?

How are Americans and the United States involved in the “Freedom Convoy”?

How do Canadian authorities plan to end this demonstration?

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on the audience team, and Sammy Westfall, an assistant editor on the foreign desk, produced this Q&A.

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