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Violent extremists ‘likely’ infiltrated Ottawa protests, anti-terror agency warned

Exclusive: report shows that Canada’s main intelligence service flagged involvement of extremist groups in official briefing

Days before the so-called Freedom Convoy reached Ottawa, starting a weeks-long occupation of Canada’s capital and triggering a string of copy-cat blockades, the federal government was warned that violent extremist groups were deeply involved in the protest movement.

Intelligence assessments – prepared by Canada’s Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC) and seen by the Guardian – warned in late January that it was “likely” that extremists were involved and said that the scale of the protests could yet pose a “trigger point and opportunity for potential lone actor attackers to conduct a terrorism attack”.

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