Canadian ‘freedom’ truckers massive vaccine mandate protest convoy may smash world record

Truckers in Canada are protesting their industry’s vaccination mandates with a massive convoy that could break a world record.

“It’s 70 km long”, Benjamin Dichter, Freedom Convoy 2022 spokesperson, told the Toronto Sun. “I’ve seen images of an airplane. It’s impressive.”

The Freedom Convoy departed from Vancouver for Ottawa on Sunday to protest the federal government’s vaccination mandates for cross-border truckers, which went into effect Jan. 15. The Canadian Trucking Alliance estimates that about 15% of truckers in the country are not fully vaccinated, or about 16,000 truckers.

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Protesters and supporters of a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for cross-border truckers cheer as a parade of trucks and vehicles passes through Kakabeka Falls outside of Thunder Bay, Ont., Wednesday, January 26 2022.
(David Jackson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Guinness World Records shows that the longest recorded convoy was in Egypt in 2020, reaching nearly 8 kilometers in length.

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“The largest truck parade consisted of 480 trucks and is carried out by Tahya Misr Fund (Egypt), in Cairo, Egypt on November 20, 2020”, Guinness states on its website. “With a length of 7.5 km, Tahya Misr Fund was able to organize a parade of 480 trucks, in the midst of bad weather and heavy rain, beating the Guinness World Records title for the largest truck parade, which was carried out there turns 16 in the Netherlands with a parade of 416 trucks.”

Family, friends and neighbors gather to show support for the Freedom Convoy on the Trans-Canada Highway in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 25, 2022, in this screenshot obtained from social media video .

Family, friends and neighbors gather to show support for the Freedom Convoy on the Trans-Canada Highway in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 25, 2022, in this screenshot obtained from social media video .
(Mark Dimler/via REUTERS)

The convoy of truckers could be 10 times bigger than the record if it remains intact on the trip to the Canadian capital. An estimated 50,000 trucks could participate, the Toronto Sun reported.

The convoy plans to reach Ottawa by Saturday for a demonstration.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the protest participants are a “small fringe minority heading to Ottawa with unacceptable views.”

Family, friends and neighbors gather to show support for the Freedom Convoy on the Trans-Canada Highway in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 25, 2022, in this screenshot obtained from social media video .

Family, friends and neighbors gather to show support for the Freedom Convoy on the Trans-Canada Highway in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 25, 2022, in this screenshot obtained from social media video .
(Mark Dimler/via REUTERS)

“What we are hearing from some people associated with this convoy is totally unacceptable,” he continued.

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Canada has had some of the toughest coronavirus mandates in the world. Ontario locked down earlier this month and will not reopen its restaurant dining rooms, gymnasiums and cinemas until the end of the month. Vaccinations have been made mandatory in federally regulated areas workplaces last yearand the Premier of Quebec this month announced plans to penalize residents of the province who remain unvaccinated for non-medical reasons.