Canada

Village of Coutts readjusting as blockade ends: ‘We had literally been locked in’ | Globalnews.ca

What started as a rolling convoy of truckers and other vehicles protesting COVID-19 mandates on Jan. 29 turned into a major blockade at Alberta’s largest border crossing.

On Tuesday, after 18 days, protesters packed up and left Coutts, following the discovery of weapons and ammunition.

Read more:

4 charged with conspiracy to murder after raid on Coutts blockade

For longtime resident Lori Minor, it was an emotional time. She didn’t want to risk leaving the community for grocery trips.

“We had literally been locked in,” she said. “I spent 15 years in the military, and I have never ever felt that feeling of no control over anything.”

Along with protests in Ottawa, the news coming out of Coutts was making international coverage. The village is home to only a couple hundred people.

Story continues below advertisement


Click to play video: 'Weapons and ammunition seized at border blockade in Coutts, Alberta'



Weapons and ammunition seized at border blockade in Coutts, Alberta


Weapons and ammunition seized at border blockade in Coutts, Alberta

“That has been kind of earth-shattering,” Minor said. “I’ve got family all over the country now and all over the world. I keep getting calls saying: ‘Are you OK? Are you OK? What’s happening?’ and I say: ‘Well you know everything I do.’”

On Wednesday, the area was much calmer that it had been. There was almost no indication a protest had ever taken place, as border operations continued.

Read more:

Border operations resume after Coutts blockade dismantled in southern Alberta

Mayor Jim Willett said he wasn’t aware of any cleanup needing to be done. Only a hay bale and some tire marks were left behind.

“(The protesters) left it like they found it,” he said. “I have no complaints.

Story continues below advertisement

“It was garbage day, so the garbage bins were at the curb and public works has been removing the snow and it’s just another day in paradise.”


Click to play video: 'Edmonton security firm links Coutts protesters and far-right extremist groups'



Edmonton security firm links Coutts protesters and far-right extremist groups


Edmonton security firm links Coutts protesters and far-right extremist groups

Some businesses owners in nearby Milk River said the impact of the protest was mostly positive.

For Laura Michaelis, owner of the Sandstone Motel, having the extra population was beneficial for her restaurant, gas station and lodging.

“It was quite a blessing actually, given that February is normally a very, very slow season,” she explained. “We met some really amazing people with the biggest hearts.”

Willett added the event has definitely put their small community on the map.

“Obviously, many more people know where Coutts, Alberta is now, and the fact that we have people living here.”

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


Checkout latest world news below links :
World News || Latest News || U.S. News

Source link

Back to top button