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Canada police clear protesters at US-Canada bridge after major disruption

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Canada police have arrested protesters blocking access to the busiest international crossing in North America

A ‘Freedom Convoy’ has disrupted the life of Canada’s capital for over a fortnight, rallying against the nation’s COVID-19 rules.

It started as a movement against a vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers but has since turned into a rally against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The beginning of the end? police are now outnumbering protesters

Traffic on one of Canada’s most important trade routes was halted for almost a week.

But in the freezing cold… first thing Sunday morning, police came to oust the remaining protesters blocking a key bridge between Canada and the United States.

Two of the world’s biggest carmakers, Ford and Toyota, said plants had been forced to shut because car parts were being held up at two border points.

The clearing effort first began on Saturday morning, when many of the vehicles involved left peacefully on police orders

Within 24 hours only a few protestors remained, with police vehicles blocking off the road rather than protestors.

Police say Sunday’s action resulted in “several arrests” on a charge of mischief and Multiple vehicles were seized.

The arrests follow a judge’s order on Friday to break up the protest and the Premier of Ontario declaring that protesters can also be fined $100,000 dollars.

The protest has already cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost trade.

It may be the beginning of the end in Canada, but the convoy has inspired others around the world to stage similar action, congesting city roads and attracting attention, from France to New Zealand.

Paris saw hundreds of vehicles converge on the city, Police throwing tear gas at protesters in cafes.

Protesters from France are planning to move on to Brussels – to join up with a wider European movement

And so the vehicles may be gone in Canada, but the freedom movement remains.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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