US congresswoman proposes asylum for Canadian protesters — Analysis

Rep. Yvette Herrell likened Canada’s treatment of demonstrators to ‘an authoritarian regime’

A US congresswoman has promised to introduce legislation to grant asylum to Canadian truckers facing persecution from their government for being involved in the recent ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests against Covid-19 restrictions.

Republican New Mexico Congresswoman Yvette Herrell announced her campaign to provide refuge to dissident Canadians on Saturday, comparing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “heavy-handed crackdown against peaceful protesters”To that of “an authoritarian regime like Venezuela.”

Arguing that Canada’s treatment of protesters “is not the action of a Western Democracy,”Herrell stated that the US should offer asylum to protesters “who have been subjected to violence, had their property confiscated, and their bank accounts frozen by a government that is quickly becoming the embarrassment of the free world.”

“I am introducing legislation that would temporarily grant asylum to innocent Canadian protesters who are being persecuted by their own government,”She said.

It is unacceptable that our north-facing neighbors suffer such terrible treatment.

Numerous Canadians elected officials condemned Ottawa Police’s treatment of protesters this week after Trudeau invoked emergency powers to shut the demonstration down.

The viral videos showed police beating a man to death with a gun stock and pepper spraying journalists.

Police threaten Freedom Convoy protesters

Many of the protestors, as well as the organizers, were detained this week. Authorities used the emergency powers invoked by Trudeau to place a freeze on protestors’ bank accounts.

Steve Bell, interim chief of Ottawa Police, pledged Friday that he would pursue those involved in protests and to punish them.

“If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges,”Bell stated that Bell was warning, and claimed the investigation would “go on for months to come.”

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