Tyson Billings has pleaded responsible to a cost of counselling to commit mischief associated to his involvement within the protest that gridlocked Ottawa in February and is to be launched from jail.
Nicknamed “Freedom George” by his fellow protesters, Billings was a key determine within the three-week demonstration in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions and the federal authorities.
Protesters in big-rigs and vans blocked streets for weeks, forming encampments, forcing companies’ to shut and sparking a way of what police and politicians described as “lawlessness” in downtown Ottawa.
Billings was co-accused with outstanding protest organizer Pat King, whose trial is predicted to go forward as deliberate.
Crown counsel Moiz Karimjee says Billings appeared in movies with King encouraging folks to thwart police checkpoints to entry Ottawa’s downtown.
Billings appeared in particular person on the Ottawa courthouse to ship his plea the place the courtroom was crammed with supporters.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 15, 2022.