Live updates: Trial of convoy protest organizers Lich, Barber begins


This file will be updated throughout the day Tuesday as the trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber kicks off.

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Editor’s note: This file will be updated throughout the day Tuesday as the trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber begins. For up-to-the-minute coverage of the day’s court hearing, follow along with our live blog below. 

The trial of convoy protest organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber is set to begin this morning.

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Lich and Barber stand co-accused of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief and intimidation for their roles in the weeks-long protest that gridlocked streets in downtown Ottawa and left residents dismayed by its presence through much of January and February 2022.

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Several of the charges hinge on whether Lich and Barber encouraged protesters to defy police orders by remaining in Ottawa after authorities ordered everyone to clear the streets and, if they did, whether that was a criminal act.

The Crown hopes to establish that Barber and Lich worked together in lockstep, so that evidence against one of them will apply to both.

The trial is expected to last at least 16 days.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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