Canadian forces of police and men wearing military-style camouflage, bearing what appear to be automatic rifles, began forcibly clearing protestors from Ottawa.
A report from The Epoch Times indicated the only witnessed uses of force were by government forces. The report noted one instance where Canadian enforcement agents used their weapons to break a truck’s window before hauling the trucker out and arresting him. The full extent of government violence against the Peace Convoy protestors in the northern country’s capitol are unknown because reporters have been threatened with arrest if they are caught in the enforcement zone.
Freedom Convoy organizer Benjamin Dichter posted about the incident on Twitter, a post met with sarcastic responses from many who seemed unsympathetic to the prolonged protest.
“One of #freedomconvoycanada drivers had his truck windows smashed by Ottawa Police, guns drawn & dragged out of his vehicle by force,” he tweeted, adding “It’s time to leave.”
“@OttawaPolice. Please allow the remaining trucks to leave in #Peace.”
Several days ago, a separate report from the Independent said Canadian police pulled over and arrested a 78-year-old man who honked his horn in support of the protestors. The man was identified by The Toronto Sun as 4ft 10 inches tall Gerry Charlebois, who was eventually released after being fined $11 for unnecessary noise. The diminutive senior was photographed with bruises from the physical altercation with two Canadian police who initially tackled and handcuffed him.
Not only does Canada not appear to allow peaceful protest, it also criminalizes other dangerously subversive acts such as horn-honking.
Tow truck operators reportedly donned neon-green ski masks and hid their company decals under tape, to conceal their identities. Police accompanied them as they reportedly began removing the big rigs, campers and other vehicles surrounding the nearby Parliament building.
Scuffles broke out in places, according to a CBS News report that added police repeatedly went nose-to-nose with protesters as they pushed the crowd back amid cries of “Freedom!” and the singing of Canada’s national anthem.
“Freedom was never free,” Montreal trucker Kevin Homaund reportedly said. “So what if they put the handcuffs on us and they put us in jail?”
The sweep and arrests by paramilitary Canadian forces began after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the country’s “Emergencies Act”, which allowed the government to declare the Ottawa protest illegal and clear it out by means not normally available to police. The act also lets the Prime Minister make greater use of Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as federal police.
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