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Canadian Truckers Leave Last U.S. Border Blockade, Crossing Reopening Soon

On Wednesday, Canadian trucker protesters left the last U.S.-Canada border blockade, allowing the crossing to reopen.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba tweeted Wednesday that the Emerson, Manitoba, U.S.-Canada border crossing has reopened. The RCMP also tweeted that it would stay in the area to ensure the border stays open.

The border crossing had been blockaded since February 10 by Canadian trucker protesters who were part of the Freedom Convoy, The Bemidji Pioneer reported. Protesters used trucks, farm equipment and other vehicles to block Highway 75, which is north of the Emerson Port of Entry. RCMP estimated that there were around 75 vehicles blocking the highway at the protest’s peak and that nearly all border traffic was halted for six days, during which time traffic was diverted to alternate border crossings.

A Canadian official says border authorities reopened the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Emerson, Manitoba, on Wednesday afternoon. In this photo, a police officer stands guard near trucks participating in a blockade of downtown streets near the parliament building as a demonstration led by truck drivers protesting vaccine mandates continues on February 16 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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The RCMP has reached a resolution with the demonstrators, RCMP Chief Superintendent Rob Hill said in a statement Tuesday.

“Throughout the past six days, our officers continued to use open communication, and a measured approach to find a peaceful resolution to this situation. This continuous dialogue between our officers and the demonstrators enabled us to reach a resolution yesterday,” said Hill in the news release.

The border crossing is an important trade route between the U.S. and Canada, according to CBC News.

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Update 02/16/22 2:35 p.m. ET: This story was updated to include background information.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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