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Ottawa Police move to clear crowd on Day 1 of weekend rally

The Ottawa Police Service on Friday evening have moved to clear a crowd gathering near the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa on the first day of this weekend’s Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. ET, the police service tweeted about a large crowd on Rideau Street and asked people to avoid the area.

Twenty minutes later, police said they were dealing with an aggressive crowed there and that more officers were being sent to help manage the situation.

At the same time, Kitchissippi ward Coun. Jeff Leiper tweeted a video showing police officers watching a large crowd massed in front of the Rideau Centre.

“We are asking that people remain peaceful and follow police directions as they work to clear the area,” police then tweeted.

Then came a followup police tweet stating that “due to an escalation of crowd aggression” at the intersection of Rideau and Sussex Streets, some officers would be deployed wearing helmets and shields.

Police say several people have been arrested on Rideau Street.

Participants in the Rolling Thunder Rally had gathered earlier in the evening on Parliament Hill. It was the first of several scheduled events this weekend.

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