Rolling Thunder bike rally: Ottawa police arrest at least 8 during Rolling Thunder bike rally weekend
The three-day event is scheduled to conclude Sunday morning.
Law enforcement officials had been bracing for protests.
No injuries were reported, and officers were in control of the city’s streets, police said Friday.
Ahead of the event, the city’s interim police chief said his department was prepared.
“Threatening or intimidating behaviors will be addressed with all appropriate enforcement action,” Interim Police Chief Steve Bell said Thursday.
Organizers: More than 500 participants expected
More than 500 participants were expected to travel to Ottawa this weekend, according to event organizers.
The city was paralyzed by the Freedom Convoy protests in January and February.
Eventually, the protests drew others who opposed coronavirus restrictions at the time.
Hundreds of vehicles formed convoys that converged on Ottawa during the Freedom Convoy protests, and many pedestrian protesters joined the vehicles. The demonstration clogged the downtown area as well as key routes between the US and Canada.
CNN’s Rebekah Riess contributed to this report.