As we could expect city officials in Ottawa have claimed that the capital is “under siege” and that the trucker convoy protesting vaccine mandates constitutes a “nation-wide insurrection”, with one council woman even calling the movement “terrorism.” Where have we heard this inciteful rhetoric before?
As the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency, Ottawa City Council member Diane Deans stated “We are on day eight of this occupation. Our city is under siege.” She added, “What we’re seeing is bigger than just a City of Ottawa problem. This is a nationwide insurrection. This is madness. We need a concrete plan to put an end to this.”
She also declared that the truckers are “terrorising” residents, “torturing them” by honking their horns, and are a “threat to democracy.” As you would imagine with Canadians, the trucker convoy has been one of the most peaceful and impactful protests against the illegal vaccination mandates. The movement reached over 10 million dollars, until GoFundMe froze their acquired assets, effectively stealing all the funds donated by people all over the world.
We commend the trucker convoy for its continued occupation of Ottawa and pray that they can hold fast in the face of what is to come. Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has already stated that there may not be ‘police solution’ to the peaceful protest. Whether that means a military intervention may be possible or no intervention at all, we can only postulate.
Sloly also stated that local law enforcement was “never intended to deal with a city under siege,” adding that police do not have the resources or the legal authority to disperse the protesters. Deans then questioned if officials are able to declare the protest an ‘unlawful assembly’ and a ‘riot’, so that police can make mass arrests, rather than going after “one criminal charge at a time.”
One of the protest leaders, Benjamin Dichter, noted that those unhappy with the gatherings should persuade Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to scrap COVID-19 mandates. “To anybody who is annoyed, we apologize. Please call Justin Trudeau, his office, and get these mandates lifted, and we’re out of here,” Dichter said at a press conference Sunday.
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