‘Freedom convoy’ derided by PM Justin Trudeau finds main consideration south of the border
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk and podcaster Joe Rogan have spoken in regards to the Canadian truckers driving throughout the nation to protest the federal government’s Covid-19 mandates, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced them as a “fringe minority” with “unacceptable views.”
“Canadian truckers rule,” Musk tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
The ‘Freedom Convoy’ that set out from British Columbia and is predicted to succeed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa someday this weekend was ignored by the foremost media shops at first. Because it approached Ontario, nonetheless, the convoy grew to become a political soccer.
Trudeau denounced the truckers and mentioned they “don’t symbolize the views of Canadians” in a televised speech on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, he introduced he had been “uncovered” to Covid-19 and would quarantine for 5 days – thereby lacking the convoy’s arrival in Ottawa – despite the fact that he has already had the virus and been vaccinated and boosted.
Jagmeet Singh, whose New Democrats are propping up Trudeau’s minority authorities, additionally condemned the truckers and accused them of spreading “false info” by way of “inflammatory, divisive and hateful feedback.” He additionally criticized his brother-in-law for donating to the protest. Canadian media reported that Jodhveer Singh Dhaliwal had requested for his donation again after being informed of “the true nature” of the convoy.
In the meantime, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre accused the media of cherry-picking people to tar all the protest with the identical brush.
“That does not imply we disparage the hundreds of hard-working, law-abiding and peaceable truckers, who fairly frankly have stored all of you alive for the final two years by filling your grocery cabinets with the meals that you simply eat and filling your houses with the merchandise you depend on,” he mentioned on Thursday.
Benjamin Dichter, one of many organizers of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ and the group’s official spokesman, mentioned they’re peaceable and law-abiding. He informed the Toronto Solar that the convoy is a protest over Trudeau’s authorities forcing drivers to put on masks even when alone inside their vans, a vaccine mandate, and a requirement to get the jab earlier than crossing the US-Canada border.
Dichter additionally denied reviews that GoFundMe has frozen some Can$5 million in donations for the convoy, calling them “faux information.”
Joe Rogan, who hosts the immensely fashionable podcast on Spotify, additionally shone a highlight on the convoy throughout his present on Wednesday. Talking to a visitor from Montreal, he confirmed footage of the truckers and described it as Canada being “in revolt” over the federal government’s mandates.
“It’s a large convoy of vans,” Rogan mentioned. “That’s apparently some insane quantity of individuals. Fifty thousand vans are headed to Ottawa to protest the vaccine mandates by Trudeau.”
Some estimates do have the variety of vans as that prime, and Dichter claims the convoy is over 70 kilometers (43 miles) lengthy – nearly ten instances the dimensions of the 2020 Egyptian truck protest that at present holds the Guinness World Report.
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