OTTAWA—The defence in the trial of Freedom Convoy organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber is taking issue with the Crown prosecutors calling the protest an “occupation.”

“In a world where the trite, the mundane, and the trivial are called awesome and amazing, it is no surprise—but nevertheless disappointing—that the demonstration of Jan. 26 to Feb. 19 in the downtown of Ottawa would be referred to as an occupation,” said Ms. Lich’s defence lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, on the opening day of the trial on Sept. 5.

In his remarks to the court, Crown prosecutor Tim Radcliffe said the protest organizers “crossed the line” when they encouraged protesters to “occupy” and remain in downtown Ottawa.

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