Thousands protest against Covid-19 mandates in Ottawa

Thousands protest against Covid-19 mandates in Ottawa

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Canadian capital on Saturday to protest vaccine mandates, masks and lockdowns. Some parked on the grounds of the National War Memorial and danced at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, others carried signs and flags with swastikas, and some used a statue of Canadian hero Terry Fox to display an anti-vaccine statement , which drew widespread condemnation.

“I am saddened 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 freedom of expression, but not this. Those involved should bow their heads in shame,” tweeted General Wayne Eyre, Chief of Defense Staff.

Protesters likened the vaccine mandate to fascism, a truck carrying a Union flag and many carried outrageous signs targeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Fox, a national hero who lost a leg to bone cancer as a youth, then in 1980 on a fundraising trek across Canada, a sign with an upside-down Canadian flag was wrapped with what was called the “Mandate of Independence”.

A top parliament security official has advised lawmakers to shut their doors amid reports that their private homes were being targeted. A convoy of truck drivers and others prompted the police to prepare for violence.

Trudeau has said that Canadians do not represent this “very disturbing, small but very vocal minority of Canadians, who are pushing for science, government, society, mandates and public health advice. Prime Minister’s for the day The itinerary usually says if he’s at home he’s in Ottawa, but on Saturday he said, “National Capital Territory” amid reports he was taken to an undisclosed location. One of Trudeau’s children had COVID-19. -19 and the PM is isolating and working remotely.

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