It is urgent that the public safety chief declares Ottawa’s government to protect anti-vaccine mandate demonstrators from taking over Ottawa.
A senior Canadian security official said the anti-vaccine mandate ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest is driven by a desire to overthrow the government, disputing demonstrators who insist they are fed up with the country’s pandemic restrictions.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino questioned the protesters’ motives, suggesting that outrage over ongoing vaccine mandates is merely cover for a more sinister agenda.
“There have been those who have tried to characterize these illegal blockades about vaccines and mandates and fatigue with the pandemic,”He said. “That is not what is driving this movement right now.”
The movement’s driving force is an organized, small group driven by an ideology that seeks to take down the government.
As thousands protest in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, and other places to peacefully call for an end to these mandates, Mendicino listed a group that consisted of eleven demonstrators who crossed the border at Coutts, Alberta. They were found to have guns and ammunition. Mendicino called it a “violent demonstration”. “cautionary tale.”
“The seizure of a significant number of illegal firearms by a group that is very committed to the cause is something that we need to be very sober about,”Mendicino is an ex-federal prosecutor.
On Monday, 11 people were taken into police custody and accused of weapons offences.
The minister’s warning of coup plotters comes one day after the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in its history to crack down on the “illegal”Protest, described by some as a “protest” “blockade.”Authorities have a variety of temporary powers under the Act, which include the power to force tow truck firms to move large quantities of semi-trucks that are parked all over the Canadian capital. Some towers refused to remove the vehicles.
These emergency powers allow for harsher punishments for anyone found breaking the peace during demonstrations. This includes fines of up to CDN$5,000 (or $3,930), and prison sentences up to five years.
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The ‘Freedom Convoy’ has remained in Ottawa for some three weeks, while smaller continents of protesters have blocked off multiple border crossings, including in Coutts and the Ambassador Bridge that links Ontario and Michigan. Although police have declared these gatherings illegal multiple times, officers have been unable to disperse them.
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