Wednesday, May 18

Canada. In Ottawa, the police powerless in the face of demonstrations of anti-health restrictions

Opponents of health measures in Canada gathered on Saturday in Ottawa, the federal capital, to demand the lifting of restrictions, but also in Toronto and Quebec.

This protest, part of the movement of antivax truckers, the “freedom convoy” or “truckers for freedom”, has turned into an occupation of downtown Ottawa for eight days. The streets in front of Parliament and under the offices of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are busy with dozens of trucks and protesters even as it is freezing cold, with temperatures predicted to be as low as -30C.

5,000 protesters blocked the city center

On Saturday, there were 5,000 according to the authorities to join the irreducible, with protest signs like “I want to regain my freedom”, “Canada get up” or “end of segregation”. The atmosphere of the procession was “festive”, with songs, dances, horns and fireworks. The rally dragged on into the night.

Many complaints are raised against this blocking, especially since Nazi flags have been observed on the spot. Just under a thousand counter demonstrators mobilized in Ottawa and Toronto to protest against truckers and anti-sanitary measures.

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Police are being criticized for their non-intervention as some activists have started setting up makeshift shelters and have vowed not to move until restrictions are lifted. The latter says that it cannot intervene for lack of sufficient resources, even though 150 additional agents had been mobilized for the weekend. But the government ruled out the possibility of sending the army to dislodge the demonstrators.

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It’s a city under siege, it’s a threat to democracy, it’s a nationwide insurgency, it’s madness.

However, on Friday, the police had for the first time hardened their tone, Peter Sloly promising to “end this illegal and unacceptable demonstration”.

Doug Ford, the Premier of the province of Ontario, again asked the demonstrators to leave Ottawa, denouncing an “unacceptable” situation – a petition to this effect gathered nearly 40,000 signatures on Friday afternoon. City Council member Diane Deans called the move a “siege” of the capital. “This group is a threat to our democracy,” said Deans. “What we are seeing is more serious than a City of Ottawa problem, it is a national insurrection. This is madness,” she hammered.

“The question is not that of the vaccine, it is that of our freedom”

So far, no call has yet made the determination of the demonstrators retreat. “We will stand up to them for as long as it takes to get rid of the restrictions,” Jim Torma, one of the protest coordinators, told AFP.

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“The question is not that of the vaccine, it is that of our freedom”, explained to AFP Kimberly Ball, who traveled five hours to come and demonstrate with her husband. “It’s really, really hard. (…) Some people we know, friends, have lost their jobs because of these “vaccination” obligations, she regrets.

The movement is notably supported by billionaire Elon Musk and former US President Donald Trump.

In Toronto and Quebec too, discontent is rising

Similar protests took place Saturday in southern Alberta (west), and in the cities of Winnipeg (central), Quebec and Toronto, where a man was charged with assault after throwing a smoke bomb into a crowd. In Winnipeg a motorist was arrested after charging protesters with his vehicle. Four protesters received medical treatment for minor injuries, police said.

Toronto police closed some downtown roads on Friday in an effort to minimize disruptions that could affect access to emergency services and hospitals.

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The city’s mayor, John Tory, said he hoped for a “respectful and peaceful” protest. “We all want to do everything we can to avoid (finding ourselves, editor’s note) in the situation of Ottawa,” added the city councilor.

Who is funding the protesters?

Canadian authorities are now focusing on those who “fund and enable this illegal and harmful demonstration,” the Ottawa police chief said.

A crowdfunding campaign raised more than 10 million Canadian dollars (6.8 million euros) for the protesters, but the platform GoFundMe on Friday withdrew the kitty on the grounds that it did not respect its conditions of use, and indicated that the remaining funds will be redistributed to charities.

Even if the mobilization of truckers is only supported by a minority of Canadians (32% according to a recent survey), this still represents a larger segment of the population than the 10% of unvaccinated Canadian adults. .

In Canada, the health measures established by the provinces remain very restrictive, among the most restrictive in the West. The province of Quebec is one of the regions in the world that has imposed the most days of confinement on its population.

Reference-www.leprogres.fr

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