truck with a canadian flag during the truckers freedom convoy
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The trial of two leaders of so-called trucker protests that brought Canada's capital to a standstill and disrupted trade last year -- inspiring similar demonstrations around the world -- opened on Tuesday.

The self-styled "Freedom Convoy" rolled into Ottawa in early 2022 from across Canada to express anger at Covid vaccine mandates.

After three weeks of turmoil, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked rarely used emergency powers to dislodge the protesters, which political opponents and civil liberties groups criticized as overreach.

Convoy organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber now face charges of mischief, obstructing police, counseling others to commit mischief and intimidation of parliament.

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