Freedom Convoy arrives in Ottawa as Trudeau self-isolates at home
Despite several challenges along the way, including roads and highways closures, Freedom Convoy has successfully made it to Ottawa. On wheels and by foot, Canadian protesters flow to the capital center where the anti-mandate rally is scheduled to kick off tomorrow.
The trucker protest started in the early morning of January 17th, shortly after the new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truck drivers came into effect in Canada. The new federal rule now requires unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers that return to Canada to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate for 14 days. Additionally, the new federal mandate will also not allow unvaccinated foreign national truck drivers to cross the border into Canada. January 22nd, the same mandate came into force in the US. Experts warn that both of these mandates will inevitably lead to supply chain collapse and a further surge in prices, including prices for food, gas and essential goods.
The anti-mandate rally is scheduled to take place in the nation’s capital on January 29th with additional protests also taking place at multiple border crossings across Canada.
The ‘Freedom Convoy’ has initially started as a protest of truck drivers, however, it quickly grew into a national movement that covers Canadians from all walks of life.
“To our Fellow Canadians, the time for political over reach is over. Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods. Canadians have been integral to the fabric of humanity in many ways that have shaped the planet.
We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people,” said the organizers in their statement.
Additionally, the protest leaders have also prepared the Memorandum of Understanding, which everyone can read and sign. However, it remains to be seen whether the Canadian government is ready to listen.
As the trucker convoy was approaching the capital, vaccinated and boosted Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that he’s going to self-isolate at home.
“Last night, I learned that I have been exposed to COVID-19. My rapid test result was negative. I am following @OttawaHealth rules and isolating for five days. I feel fine and will be working from home. Stay safe, everyone – and please get vaccinated,” Trudeau tweeted.
Prior to that, Trudeau also called the protesters “fringe minority with unacceptable views.”
Despite being “unacceptable” to their own government, Canadian protesters seem to gain a lot of popularity across the globe, including with one of the world’s most famous businessmen, Elon Musk, who shared his support via a series of tweets.
“Canadian truckers rule,” Musk tweeted to his 72 million audience on Thursday morning.
“Freedom is being stripped away one piece at a time until it’s gone,” he later added.
In the meantime, the trucker convoy movement continues to gain support worldwide, with more and more countries forming their own ‘convoys for freedom.’ Some of those include the US, Australia, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Checz Republic, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, and others.
This is a developing story; please check back for updates.