Canada is now punishing anyone who dares help the infamous “Freedom Convoy,” a powerful movement of truckers protesting vaccine and mask mandates in the country.
Canadian police announced Monday that the arrests have started pouring in. At least seven people have been arrested and more than 100 have been issued tickets in connection to “demonstration-related enforcement” in Ottawa.
This comes after Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon as approximately 500 trucks and vehicles with the “Freedom Convoy” continued to linger in the streets of the Canadian capital as part of the protest.
Ottawa Police Service warned on Monday that “anyone found bringing fuel to the demonstration trucks in the red zone could be subject to arrest and charges,” as they clamp down on the protest.
Multiple vehicles and fuel have been seized. Five of the seven arrests were for unspecified mischief. A sixth person was charged for driving while prohibited and a seventh for mischief “relating to property damage of a downtown business,” police said in a press release.
More than 100 Highway Traffic Act and other “Provincial Offence Notices” were issued for offenses including excessive honking, driving the wrong way, defective muffler, no seat belt, alcohol readily available and having the improper class of driving license, police said.
So far, 60 criminal investigations related to the demonstration have been opened, primarily for mischief, thefts, hate crimes and property damage. Confederation Park has been fully cleared and fenced.
Ottawa Police Service has received 100 Ontario Provincial Police officers to assist with demonstrations.
Watson said in a statement Sunday that declaring a state of emergency “reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the ongoing demonstrations.”
“This is a siege — it is something that is different in our democracy than I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly said on Saturday. “We do not have sufficient resources to adequately and effectively address this situation.”
The “freedom truck convoy” has attracted support from many U.S. Republicans including former President Donald Trump, who called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “far left lunatic” who has “destroyed Canada with insane Covid mandates.” Trudeau, for his part, has gone into hiding, avoiding the convoy all-together after calling it a “fringe minority.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has called the ongoing protest “an occupation,” and left-wing media sources like CNN have offered up similar messaging in an attempt to turn people against the movement.
CNN’s “Inside Politics” discussed the protestors, which had entered its second week, on Monday’s episode. Host John King quickly labeled the Freedom Convoy as “a nationwide insurrection.” – mimicking a narrative which they used to re-write the history surrounding the January 6 Capitol protest in America.
“The state of emergency in place in Ottawa where the police chief says COVID protests are ‘a nationwide insurrection driven by madness.’ Thousands of Canadians, you see the pictures there, protesting vaccine mandates. It started with the so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ led by truckers protesting a new mandate requiring vaccines in order to enter the country,” King said.
CNN correspondent Paula Newton followed up comparing the convoy to “sedition” and “a threat to democracy.”
Author: Sean McClaw