Truckers in the Canadian Freedom Convoy are lauding the efforts of their fellow citizens and protesters on the ground in Ottawa, who are helping with food, gas, and rides.
Fox News’s John Michael Raasch has been in Ottawa covering the protest and caught up with a few truckers who detailed the tremendous support they are receiving from their fellow citizens.
One trucker named Mat says he has never been prouder to be a Canadian.
“There’s been so many people coming up to us and shaking our hands and helping us with food and drinks and whatnot,” he explained to Fox News.
“The support has been incredible,” he added. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never been more proud to be Canadian.”
I’m in #Ottawa and just spoke to two students who have been giving out food and supplies to anyone who asks at the #TruckersConvoy2022. They told me they declined offers to go snowmobiling because they wanted to be apart of this “historic moment.” pic.twitter.com/oAruu69E7l
— Jon Michael Raasch (@JMRaasch) February 1, 2022
Another trucker, Travis of New Brunswick, spoke regarding the outpouring of assistance.
“There’s people knocking on my door every five minutes wanting to give,” he told Fox News. “There has been nothing but caring, sharing and giving.”
“Do you see how caring these people are? That’s Canada. That is Canada. Let us be Canada again,” Travis explained.
Andrew, a third trucker, detailed that supporters offer him money, but he refuses.
“I’m not doing this to make money. I’m doing this for the choice, for everybody’s choice, for freedoms,” he said.
Breitbart News’s Robert Kraychik spoke with one man named Dave, who is supporting the Freedom Convoy. He said he traveled from Montreal to Ottawa and told Breitbart News he had been there since January 28.
“He was volunteering working a makeshift kiosk serving hot coffee and chocolate, tea, soups, and other food and drink provided by donations to trucker demonstrators and other protesters near Parliament Hill,” Kraychik reports.
“We’ve been known worldwide to be too sorry for stuff, and I’m tired of being sorry,” Dave told Breitbart News.
They are just convoy of truckers who are fighting for their freedom rights and enjoying rave party on roads of Ottawa.
— Akanksha Ojha (@untamedrambling) January 31, 2022
Two college students, Nathan Savoy and Dylan Gordon, told Fox News that they set up a table with water boilers to pass out tea and coffee, according to Fox News. As the days went on, the contents of their table expanded to include food, clothes, and more goods.
“Anyone who is hungry is being fed,” Savoy said.
Savoy noted that people had been coming to the table and filling backpacks with supplies. Other supporters drop off supplies at the table for redistribution, and over the days, thousands of dollars worth of goods have been donated and distributed.
“Honestly, it feels like it’s coming out of nowhere,” Gordon told Fox News. “Every morning, when we’ve been showing up the last five days, there’s been more and more food just showing up at our table, even when there’s no one even behind it.”
The college students’ table has also helped homeless individuals.
“We’ve had plenty of homeless people come by our table and just filled their bags with as much food as they could carry,” said Gordon. “Plenty of locals come by who have had their jobs hurt by this protest.”
Supporters are finding other ways to help as well.
Two men, one of whom is named Matt, set out to play street hockey, but instead, they spent time fueling trucks to keep the Freedom Convoy going.
“Well, we’re just out here helping fuel up the trucks, keep the drivers happy, anything they need, we’re trying to take care of them,” Mark told Fox News. “They’re fighting for our freedom, so we’ve got to fight for what they need.”
One woman named Laura told Fox News she has been driving truckers from trucks to hotel rooms and vice versa.
“I’ve been bringing about one to four guys back and forth, bringing them there in the night to catch up sleep, shower, bring them back for the day,” she said.
Two gentleman help refill a truck that is directly in front of the Parliament building in #Ottawa. They told me they came to play street hockey, but instead, “We saw there was a need for fueling trucks so that’s what we’re doing .” #TruckersForFreedom2022 pic.twitter.com/h79OPG01Cb
— Jon Michael Raasch (@JMRaasch) February 1, 2022
The scene in Ottawa has left Mark with an overwhelming sense of Canadian pride.
“We are coming together, looking, looking after each other, joining arms as Canadians,” he told Fox News. “I’ve never felt this sense of pride as a Canadian in my life before.”
MSM: Crack down the occupation
Meanwhile the mainstream media would have one believe that it is total anarchy and we need to ‘crackdown’ on the ‘occupation.’
Ottawa Police Services Board held an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon, but failed to devise a clear plan of action regarding truck drivers and their supporters, who have been protesting against the country’s Covid-19 mandates for over a week.
“We are on day eight of this occupation. Our city is under siege. What we’re seeing is bigger than just a City of Ottawa problem. This is a nationwide insurrection. This is madness. We need a concrete plan to put an end to this,” said the chair of the board, Ottawa City Council member Diane Deans, at the beginning of the nearly two-hour-long virtual discussion.
Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly agreed with her portrayal of the situation, saying that local law enforcement was “never intended to deal with a city under siege,” and decried the lack of resources – and legal authority – to disperse the protest.
Deans asked Solly what kind of resources and help he needs to put an end to the demonstration “right now,” and whether he wants the city to request assistance from the federal government or even the military. Solly said there is “no quick answer,” as the situation is constantly evolving, and reiterated that “we do not have sufficient resources to adequately and effectively address this situation.”
At one point, Deans wondered whether the city had legal grounds to declare an unlawful assembly and then a riot, in order to conduct mass arrests, instead of pursuing “one criminal charge at a time.”
“There are so many people out there engaged in a broader act of… mayhem, that we need to be able to bring it all under control,” she said.
“We can’t allow this kind of terrorism in our community to continue this way”
As of Saturday afternoon, police estimated at least “500 heavy vehicles associated with the demonstration to be in the red zone,” as thousands of people joined the protest at Parliament Hill and elsewhere across Ottawa for a second weekend. Smaller groups of counter-protesters were also reported in the streets, even as a major rival event was called off last minute.
The anti-mandate movement spread far beyond the nation’s capital, with a major protest in solidarity with the Freedom Convoy held in Toronto, where police set up road blocks throughout downtown on Saturday.
Vehicles and people must make room for emergency vehicles to pass through.
Peel medics were slowed at Avenue and Bloor due to trucks and protestors. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
There are traffic delays across the city due to protests. pic.twitter.com/qqX2RyfUto
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) February 5, 2022
It was met by a group of counter-protesters holding signs in support of healthcare workers.
Freedom Convoy Protest At Queens Park Toronto 🇨🇦 Saturday, Feb, 5#FreedomConvoy2022 #TruckersForFreedom2022 #FreedomConvoy #TruckersNotTrudeau #TruckersConvoy2022 #HonkHonk pic.twitter.com/pPF6NLPqd3
— Asher 🇺🇸 ✡︎ (@AsherMemes) February 6, 2022
Thousands of demonstrators also descended on the provincial capital of Quebec, while rival protesters faced off in Vancouver.
Clips coming out of Quebec City on social media this afternoon. Large crowd assembled in front of the National Assembly to oppose COVID-19 mandates. High spirits and chanting.
I have never seen anything like this. This is happening across Canada. pic.twitter.com/X3mvLy8MTS
— Cosmin Dzsurdzsa (@cosminDZS) February 5, 2022
Smaller protests were reported in Calgary Fredericton, Regina and Winnipeg.
— Travis Prasad (@TravisPrasadCTV) February 5, 2022
Protesters vowed to remain in the streets until all mandates and Covid-19 restrictions are gone. Authorities blasted the protest as a well-organized disruptive occupation, painting them as an “increasingly volatile and increasingly dangerous” nuisance to the livelihoods of law-abiding citizens.
Ottawa police have previously announced they will deploy any and all possible resources and tactics to shut down the Freedom Convoy. During a press conference on Friday, Sloly even warned his fellow officers that anyone seen giving “food, water, fuel, logistics, or funding” to a protester would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Officers are collecting driver IDs, registration and insurance information, and financial information where possible to assist in future prosecutions, Sloly warned. While the police chief praised the force for reducing the number of trucks in Ottawa city center over the last week, he insisted the force takes “no solace in these operational successes to date,” arguing instead that its goal is to “end the demonstration” by any means necessary.
“Everything is on the table,” the police chief reiterated during the press conference, saying that the scale of the protest was “unprecedented.” The police chief repeatedly conjured the specter of the January 6 Capitol riot in the US, implying that his force was the only thing standing between the peaceful protest and utter chaos.
More baseless rhetoric. If the protesters wanted chaos there would be nothing they could do about it. The BLM protests were a good example of that. The only thing the protesters are threatening is the fascist control by our goverments. And if they manage to get the mandates pulled back, it’s going to be bad for the rest of the ‘GloboCap’ fascists. Hence, the constant negative spin – can’t have them looking like the good guys!
The only label they haven’t yet used is to call them a ‘terrorist organization’, but that may come soon…
You want an end to this? Stop with the mandates!
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