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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared Monday morning after days of being unaccounted for to address the large convoy of pro-freedom truckers, which took to the streets of Ottawa over the weekend to protest mask and vaccine mandates.
The Canadian prime minister referred to the truckers as “racists” and accused them of vandalism, and said that on other occasions he has chosen to appear at protests “when [he has] agreed with the goals,” as the Black Lives Matter protests have been.
Trudeau: pro-Black Lives Matter, anti-truckers
However, according to Trudeau, the immense peaceful protest of truckers, which has spread to a massive popular demonstration and has inspired similar events in other countries, represents “disrespect” against health workers and expresses “violence towards their fellow citizens,” so he does not intend to “go anywhere near.” The prime minister did not explain why he made this statement.
“Hate can never be the answer. Over the past few days, Canadians were shocked and frankly, disgusted by the behavior displayed by some people protesting in our nation’s capital,” Trudeau said.
Photographs of individuals waving flags such as Confederate or Nazi movement flags have been posted on social media, but there has been no evidence linking them to the convoy of truckers.
Some activists and independent conservative media outlets have offered up to two thousand dollars to anyone who can identify the individuals carrying these flags at the demonstration, but have been unsuccessful.
Despite being two isolated events in a voluntary and peaceful protest by thousands of Canadians, and although the convoy of truckers have expressed their intentions to keep their demands peaceful, Trudeau said that “there is no place” in Canada “for threats, violence or hatred,” and called on “those responsible” to stop.
“To anyone who joined the convoy and was rightly uncomfortable with the symbols of hatred and division on display, join with your fellow Canadians. Be courageous, and speak out,” Trudeau told citizens.