Protestors target Canadian-bound truck traffic

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Several protestors against the war in Iraq interrupted U.S. trucks crossing into Canada on Monday.

The 45-minute long protest took place at the 176th St. Canada-U.S. border crossing, where at least two female protestors sat in the way of U.S. trucks that were attempting to enter Canada. The RCMP then took them away in a waiting police wagon.

In total, there were about 25 protestors on-hand, many of them waving placards.

One of the protestors, Kathy Walker of Vancouver told local media she was trying to damage the U.S. economy, even if it meant hurting the Canadian economy as well.

However, the real price was paid by the dozens of truckers who got caught up in the backlog, such as Tom Stephenson of Indianapolis. He was en route to Vancouver International Airport to drop off a load.

"I don’t think that Canada could survive without U.S. trucking coming into the country," Stephenson tells local media. His boss, who was sitting in the passenger seat, agrees.

"I feel people have a right to protest, but they don’t have a right to shut down highways," he says.

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