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Police Report No Violence as Thousands Stage Peaceful Protest in Canadian Capital Over Mandates

Thousands of truckers and others held a loud yet peaceful protest in Canada’s capital of Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday against the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, as police in the capital reported no incidents of violence

The “Freedom Convoy” started as a rally of truckers who oppose the mandates, but it quickly morphed into something much broader—with people from all walks of life taking to the streets against vaccine passports, requirements, and other restrictions that have been handed down by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in recent months.

“I’m not able to work no more because I can’t cross the border,” said Csava Vizi, a trucker from Windsor, Ontario, who noted he was the family’s sole breadwinner.

“It’s not just about the vaccines. It’s about stopping the public health mandates altogether,” said Daniel Bazinet, owner of Valley Flatbed and Transportation in Nova Scotia on the Atlantic coast.

“Myself and a lot of other people are here because we’re just sick of the vaccine mandates and the lockdowns,” said Brendon from Ottawa, who declined to give his last name. He was carrying a sign reading: “Justin Trudeau makes me ashamed to be a Canadian.”

Supporters of the Freedom Convoy protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in front of Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada, on Jan. 28, 2022. A convoy of truckers started off from Vancouver on Jan. 23, 2022, on its way to protest against the mandate in the capital city of Ottawa. (Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images)

The protests were peaceful and there were no incidents, according to Ottawa police, which said that there “have been no incidents of violence or injuries reported.”

“I’m locked into my own country right now,” Tom Pappin, an unvaccinated man who came from just outside Ottawa, told The Associated Press. “I can’t go on a holiday. I can’t go to a restaurant, I can’t go bowling. I can’t go to a movie. You know, these are things [that show you] it’s just gotten out of control.”

Pappin said he estimates that attendees of the rally and protest are likely to stay parked in the Parliament until vaccine mandates are lifted.

But Trudeau has said that he believes Canadians are not represented by this “very troubling, small but very vocal minority of Canadians who are lashing out at science, at government, at society, at mandates and public health advice.″

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Protesters hold flags and banners in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 22022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
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People walk in front of trucks parked on Wellington Street as they join a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Jan. 29, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

The prime minister’s itinerary for the day typically states that he is at home if he is in Ottawa. On Saturday, it said he is in the “National Capital Region” amid reports that he and his family were moved to an undisclosed location.

It comes days after his office confirmed that one of his children contracted COVID-19 and that Trudeau is isolating and working remotely.

The protest has also attracted the attention of former President Donald Trump, who spoke at a Texas rally on Saturday night and declared his support for the truckers.

“We want those great Canadian truckers to know that we are with them all the way,” Trump said in Conroe, Texas. “They are doing more to defend American freedom than our leaders by far.”

And before that, billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk chimed in and proclaimed his support for the Canadian truckers to his 71.8 million followers on Twitter.

contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips


Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.


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