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Ottawa police set up a hotline to probe hate crime, assaults amid truckers' demonstrations
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Ottawa police set up a hotline to probe hate crime, assaults amid truckers' demonstrations

| @indiablooms | 01 Feb 2022, 09:58 pm

Ottawa/IBNS: Ottawa Police Tuesday said it is setting up a hotline to investigate hate crimes related to the demonstrations in the Canadian capital's downtown area.

Complaints about hate-related threats have reportedly been made by the residents and organizations across the downtown to city councillors, media organizations, and on social media.

Various reports of hate-fuelled violence over the weekend including intimidation and harassment by protesters were registered, Ottawa Police chief Peter Sloly, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, and Ottawa city councillors said.

"We have the intelligence officers and the investigative officers and multi-jurisdictional support from British Columbia to St. John's, from Nunavut to the GTA," Sloly said in a news conference on Monday afternoon.

"No matter where you live, no matter where your vehicles registered, if you've come here and committed a crime, you will be investigated. We will look for you, we will charge you. If necessary, we'll arrest you, and we will pursue prosecutions against you," he said.

Twelve investigations were open as of Monday, police said.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)

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