The following is a news analysis.
Wow, absolutely incredible. pic.twitter.com/MwLgLSj4DF
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 6, 2022
The welcome party for Vancouver’s Freedom Convoy. pic.twitter.com/tYTQsbSa43
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) February 6, 2022
The massive Freedom Convoy in Canada is still going strong after a full week. The movement's momentum does not seem to show any signs of slowing down, and the crowds seem more determined with each passing day, to stand their ground until their demands are met.
The trucking convoy began after the Canadian government imposed a vaccine mandate Jan. 15 requiring Canadian truckers returning from the US to either have a vaccine passport, or quarantine and take a Covid-19 test.
The US imposed a similar mandate January 22 that requires all those who cross the American-Canadian border by land to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
Truckers from Canada and the US traveled for one week to reach Ottawa, the Canadian capital, on Jan. 29. They held a rally at Parliament Hill demanding the Canadian vaccine mandates be dropped.
Today, the truckers and many citizen supporters remain, despite extremely cold temperatures. They have stated they will not leave until their freedoms are fully restored.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian media have falsely categorized the movement as a "fringe group" with ties to the conspiracy online phenomenon "QAnon," and white supremacists. Critics have said the truckers and their supporters could be "dangerous" and volatile." Major news outlets in both Canada and the U.S. have given the giant protest little coverage.
The Freedom Convoy had received more than $10 million Canadian dollars in donations, having received only $1 million of it, before the fundraising platform GoFundMe took the controversial step on Feb. 4 of confiscating the funds and announcing they would be donating the money instead to charities of GoFundMe's choosing.
GoFundMe gave this explanation on its website:
- GoFundMe supports peaceful protests and we believe that was the intention of the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser when it was first created.
- We now have evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.
The legality of GoFundMe diverting the funds is in question, and GoFundMe has since reportedly announced it will refund the money to donors.
Former President Trump announced his soon-to-be-launched social media platform, TruthSocial, will gladly welcome and support the fundraiser for the truckers.
Freedom Convoy 2022 is now accepting donations at GiveSendGo.
As for the pictures and videos found online, they show peaceful, enthusiastic protesters.
For more information, visit the website Freedom Convoy.
Protestor video above claims the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC-) filming the crowd from a perspective that shows less people, than are actually there.
The truckers are clearly prepared to stay in #Ottawa for a long time. They’ve got truckloads of food, wood, propane tanks, fuel, shovels and plenty of storage tents. #ConvoyForFreedom2022 pic.twitter.com/GKemolsxip
— Élie Cantin-Nantel (@elie_mcn) February 4, 2022
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) February 4, 2022
More dangerous and volatile scenes.pic.twitter.com/JOVQmFQNQE
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) February 4, 2022
Just returned from a perilous excursion into the Ottawa badlands. It was tough but the world needs to see these disturbing visuals of “mercenaries” at ground zero. These “occupying forces” continue to threaten civilization as we know it. #FreedomConvoy pic.twitter.com/OWn2gyrWhF
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) February 3, 2022
Government rhetoric against the convoy is escalating. The government is urging protesters to leave, but the truckers say they have enough supplies for a two-year campaign & will not be coming home until freedom has been returned and all mandates are cancelled. pic.twitter.com/UGxYhpEm18
— Sikh For Truth (@SikhForTruth) February 4, 2022
I'm not sure if people not in Ottawa fully grasp the extent of the so-called freedom convoy's organization and infrastructure, which has deeply installed itself in downtown Ottawa.
They brought their own cranes with them. pic.twitter.com/2cQRrFWvbk
— Alexander McClelland (@alexmcclelland) February 4, 2022
In the middle of the night a convoy started moving into Winnipeg. They are parking down at the Legislature!
Let Freedom Ring!!! pic.twitter.com/KMvl2eegND
— bu/ac (@buperac) February 4, 2022
The convoy arrives in Toronto - there are multiple convoys throughout Canada, including the provinces of Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan and others.
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