Bikers Ready, Protesters Hold Commemoration Ceremony by National War Memorial


This report will be updated throughout the day.

OTTAWA—Hundreds of motorcycles have gathered at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre parking lot in the east end of Ottawa preparing to pay homage to veterans at the National War Memorial downtown later this morning.

According to the Rolling Thunder organizing team, the convoy has about 350 motorbikes participating and will dispatch them in groups of 75 bikes, with each group following a police-controlled vehicle for the entire ride.

Rolling Thunder bike convoy at the parking lot of St. Laurent Shopping Centre in Ottawa on April 30, 2022 (Annie Wu/The Epoch Times)

Police have established an exclusion zone to prevent access by protest vehicles to the core areas of Ottawa’s downtown. 

Bike convoy protesters are expected to ride through the city using a pre-planned route without any stops. The route will get close to, but not pass by, Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial.

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Rolling Thunder bike convoy at the parking lot of St. Laurent Shopping Centre in Ottawa on April 30, 2022 (Annie Wu/The Epoch Times)

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 protesters have assembled at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, calling for freedoms.

On Friday, April 29, protesters marched on foot around the Parliament area calling for freedoms as bikers arrived in the city to await the April 30 events.

Police made seven arrests and towed 24 vehicles on April 29. Police also broke the windows of at least one truck.

The Rolling Thunder event follows the weeks-long trucker convoy protest that called for the removal of COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.

More to come

Noé Chartier and The Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Limin Zhou

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Limin Zhou is a reporter based in Ottawa.

Isaac Teo

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Isaac Teo is an Epoch Times reporter based in Toronto.



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