'Freedom Convoy' Leads Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protest Movement to Canadian Capital

Headline Roundup January 31st, 2022

Led by a movement of truck drivers known as the 'Freedom Convoy,' thousands of Canadians protested COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other public health measures in the streets of the nation's capital over the weekend.

A coalition of truckers that organized a national cross-country drive in objection to their industry's vaccine requirement arrived in Ottawa Friday and staged a weekend of demonstrations and road blockages, with some pledging to stay until their demands are met. Truckers who cross the Canadian-U.S. border are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. No arrests or outbreaks of violence were reported at the protests; Ottawa police are investigating reports of antisemitic displays and vandalism, including desecration of public monuments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that roughly 90% of truckers crossing the border are vaccinated and dubbed protesters a "small fringe minority." He was reportedly moved to a secret location Saturday amid the protests.

Right-rated sources offered more coverage of the convoy than left- and center-rated sources. Reports from the right tend to frame attendance at the protests as large and the anti-mandate movement as growing. One writer argued that the movement embodies "a patriotic sentiment that is rapidly gaining traction" in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Reports from left-rated outlets often highlighted the criminal investigations into the protests; few reports from right-rated outlets mentioned that detail, and some highlighted how no arrests were made. Some voices from the left framed the convoy as a dangerous vehicle for the far-right agenda that Canada should condemn.

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Police in Canada said “several criminal investigations are underway” into “threatening” and “illegal” behavior that occurred over the weekend during huge protests in the capital, Ottawa, where truckers and thousands of supporters gathered to denounce coronavirus vaccine mandates and other public health measures.

While many protested peacefully, Ottawa police said they would investigate after monuments were defaced and some demonstrators displayed “threatening/illegal/intimidating behaviour to police/city workers and other individuals.”

“Illegal behaviour will not be tolerated and will be fully investigated,” police said.

There were reports of urination on the National War Memorial and...

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Thousands of Canadian truckers and their supporters have descended on Ottawa to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's COVID-19 vaccine mandates, bringing the country's capital to a standstill.

After a week-long drive across Canada a huge "Freedom Convoy" of big rigs arrived in Ottawa late on Friday afternoon, blocking roads and causing chaos in Canada's capital. Truckers are protesting a vaccine mandate for the industry brought in by Trudeau, whereby truckers will have to be vaccinated to cross the Canadian-U.S. border. Under the measures, which were implemented on January 15, unvaccinated cross-border...

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OTTAWA—The “Freedom Convoy” protests continued overnight and into Sunday Jan. 30 in Ottawa, with trucks and vehicles still parked in the city’s downtown core, and people gathered on Parliament Hill, with some setting off fireworks at night.

Protest organizers say they will stay in Ottawa until their demands for lifting COVID-19 mandates are met.

Truck horns continued to be heard honking intermittently on the second day of protest in the nation’s capital, with people walking around carrying Canadian flags as well other flags and signs.

The event, which started on Saturday Jan....

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