Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been moved to a secret location as tens of thousands of protesters demonstrating against vaccination mandates and continued COVID-19 restrictions show up in downtown Ottawa, the nation’s capital , this week-end.
Trudeau and his family have been moved from their Ottawa home to an undisclosed location still in the nation’s capital due to security concerns, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
“The Prime Minister continues to self-isolate in the National Capital Region and to work remotely,” the office of the Prime Minister of Canada told Fox News Digital via email on Sunday. “We have consulted with Ottawa Public Health on appropriate protocols. As always, we do not comment on safety issues.”
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It comes after what has been dubbed the “freedom convoy” of truckers left the western province of British Columbia last week to protest a new regulation that came into effect on January 15 requiring truckers returning from the United States States show proof of vaccination. The convoy grew to include other cars and personal vehicles, as others protested more generally against Trudeau and the pandemic restrictions.
As many as 10,000 people reportedly converged amid an extreme cold warning on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday. CBC reported that the protest remained peaceful. A mall was closed when crowds without masks entered the building, defying mandates requiring face coverings inside.
The Prime Minister’s itinerary for Sunday indicates that he is staying in the National Capital Region. The nature of his business is listed as personal and no other details are included in the public timeline.
“The Canadian truckers – you’ve read about it – who are courageously resisting these anarchic mandates are doing far more to defend American freedom than our own leaders,” former US President Donald Trump said Saturday evening during a press conference. American rally in Conroe, Texas. “And we want these great Canadian truckers to know we’re with them every step of the way.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, podcaster Joe Rogan and comedian Russell Brand also expressed their support.
As the convoy approached Ottawa, Trudeau announced Thursday that he learned he had been exposed to COVID-19 and had since tested negative, but would still follow Ottawa Public Health rules. working from home and self-isolating for the next five days. He urged people to get vaccinated.
“The small fringe minority of people who come to Ottawa or who have objectionable opinions they express do not represent the opinions of Canadians who follow science,” he said Wednesday. “Intervening to protect each other is the best way to continue to guarantee our freedoms.”
Meanwhile, Canadian media have begun to suggest that Russia, in some way, is behind the protest as a form of reward for Canada’s support for Ukraine in the growing military stalemate on their border.
“Given Canada’s support for Ukraine in this current crisis with Russia, I don’t know if it’s an overstatement to ask, but there are concerns that Russian actors will continue to fuel things as this protest grows. right from the start,” a CBC reporter recently said during an on-air broadcast.
Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, and the group Canada Proud, shared excerpts from the remarks, accusing Radio-Canada of trying to smear protesters by spreading conspiracy theories.
Photos circulated showing a Confederate flag and a Nazi flag in the crowd, as well as at least one person carrying a Trump 2024 flag. The overwhelming majority of crowd members were seen carrying Canadian flags.
Critics have also drawn comparisons to the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defense Staff, tweeted on Saturday that he was “sickened to see protesters dancing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and desecrating the National War Memorial”.
“Generations of Canadians have fought and died for our rights, including free speech, but not for this,” he continued. “Those involved should bow their heads in shame.”