Semi-trailers, farm implements, and passenger vehicles blocked access to the Canada/United States border at Emerson, Manitoba in the early morning hours of February 10, 2022.
Officers from the Emerson and Morris RCMP detachments have been on scene since the arrival of the vehicles, and have received assistance from other RCMP detachments and units throughout the province.
There was an initial estimate of 50 vehicles at the establishment of the blockade. As of 11:00am Central, on February 12, 2022, the number of vehicles participating in the blockade has remained largely unchanged. This number continues to fluctuate as vehicles arrive and depart the blockade.
All four lanes of Highway 75 at Provincial Road 200 are blocked. Police are advising motorists to expect substantial delays in the area and to avoid the Emerson area, if possible.
Emergency vehicles, including police vehicles, as well as some agriculture transports have been getting through the blockade, but otherwise there is no traffic flow in the area.
RCMP Divisional Liaison Officers continue to work with the protesters and organizers to reach a peaceful resolution to the blockade.
No tickets have been issued. No arrests have been made.
The Manitoba RCMP is aware of a planned protest on Highway 3 near Morden and Winkler taking place today. Officers will be present at points along the highway as well as having an officer stationed to keep the access point to the Boundary Trails Health Centre clear and accessible.
If anyone gets caught up in the convoy and is trying to access the Health Centre, we ask that they call 911 right away for assistance, as it is not always apparent that someone may not be a willing participant in the convoy, but is trying get to the hospital.
We are also aware of a number of planned demonstrations throughout the province today and throughout this weekend and are advising the public to expect delays due to convoys in the areas of Deacons Corner in the RM of Springfield, the Perimeter Highway around Winnipeg, and the Selkirk area. Officers will be on scene and monitoring all events.