Vehicle exclusion zone in place on Saturday

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Ottawa bylaw says temporary 'No Stopping' signs will be installed on Bronson, Laurier, Elgin, and streets located within the perimeter. (City of Ottawa - image credit)
Ottawa bylaw says temporary 'No Stopping' signs will be installed on Bronson, Laurier, Elgin, and streets located within the perimeter. (City of Ottawa - image credit)

UPDATE | Ottawa police said in a tweet on Saturday night they had arrested one person after an uncooperative and large group of vehicles entered the city, caused a disruption to the regular flow of traffic and refused to leave. The person was charged with obstruction of police and public mischief, police confirmed. 

Ottawa police stated 103 tickets were issued and 12 vehicles were towed. 

A vehicle exclusion zone will be in effect downtown starting Saturday morning in response to a protest, Ottawa police say.

"Wellington Street remains closed to vehicles and there is zero tolerance for vehicle-based demonstrations or events within the city's designated control zone in the downtown core," the police said in a tweet.

"The control zone still remains Laurier (south), Bronson (west) and Elgin (east)."

The zones will be enforced by police and bylaw officers, who will issue tickets and tow any vehicles that park in the area.

Charles Lalande/Radio-Canada
Charles Lalande/Radio-Canada

The Ottawa Police Service did not confirm the nature of the protest, but directed CBC to a series of tweets they issued on Thursday "with relevant information for protestors," reminding them to remain peaceful and explaining the rules of the road for farm equipment.

A "slow-roll" protest is taking place tomorrow afternoon in Ottawa and cities across the country. The protest is being organized by Freedom Fighters Canada in solidarity with farmers protesting in the Netherlands.

In a statement to CBC, the police said they connect with various protest and community groups throughout the city to ensure a safe environment for demonstrations.

"We are committed to ensuring that charter guaranteed rights and freedoms are upheld, while ensuring that police officers carry out their sworn duties," the statement said.

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