Based on readings, it seems that, yes, one is technically allowed to "protest" on Parliament Hill, but it also seems that that freedom comes with at least a few restrictions, such as that you're not allowed to interfere with the normal operation of the city, and also that, even if you were allowed to block Wellington, for that to be defensible, you need to remain on the Hill and actually protest on the Hill. But none of that seems to be happening here.
Ignore for the time being that no one applied for and received an actual demonstration permit; the more important question is -- can you defend all of your law-breaking by hiding behind the claim of a nebulous and never-ending "protest" that allows you to do anything you want for as long as you want? Because if that's true, that has serious and permanent implications.
Are Ottawa police seriously taking the position that all one has to do is holler "I'm protesting!" to get a pass for, well, pretty much everything? Is it actually true that a trucker puttering down Dalhousie, obstructing traffic, blaring his horn and parking illegally can simply claim he's part of a "protest" in order to get the city constabulary to respond, "Ah, we understand, sorry to inconvenience you, sir, carry on"?
It's overwhelmingly tiring to hear so many people defend this idiocy with, "Hey, it's a peaceful protest." It's no longer a question as to whether it's peaceful or not -- it's a question as to whether it's even a "protest" anymore, or whether it's just a bunch of disgruntled, racist, sociopathic truckers, driving around, impervious to the enforcement of city bylaws such as noise and anti-idling and parking bylaws.
If that's all it takes to inoculate one from law enforcement, then what stops me from driving up to the Hill, parking right in front of Parliament and insisting there's nothing anyone can do because, gosh darn it, I'm "protesting" something.
I respectfully submit that this convoy of idiots had the right to protest, and they exercised that right, and now the protest is over. It's not a protest anymore, it's just a bunch of assholes driving around town pissing people off, and perhaps Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly could get off his doughy, overpaid ass and see it that way, and deal with it.
Based on his pandering and gutless capitulation so far, I am not optimistic.