Canada convoy protest

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Freedom Convoy 2022
Part of COVID-19 protests in Canada
Protesters in front of Parliament Hill on February 1, 2022 (top); Vehicles lined up on Wellington Street January 28 (bottom left); Supporters greet a truck on an overpass in Merritt, British Columbia (bottom right).
DateJanuary 22, 2022 (2022-01-22) – February 23, 2022
Location
Caused byCOVID-19 pandemic in Canada, vaccine mandates in Canada
GoalsOpposition to mandates for vaccines
Opposition to Justin Trudeau
MethodsConvoy protest over major Canadian highways; demonstration at Parliament Hill
Parties to the civil conflict
Freedom Convoy
Number

Convoy: 551–1,155 vehicles[1][2][3]
including:

  • 121–230 trucks
  • 430–925 personal vehicles
Protests: Estimates of 3,000 to 18,000 people[a]
Arrests
Arrested14[12][13]
Charged4[13]
Fined500+[14]

Freedom Convoy (French: Convoi de la Liberté) was a protest in Canada against COVID-19 vaccine requirements for truckers to re-enter the country by land. The protests began with many truck drivers from all provinces coming together against the vaccine mandate and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 22, 2022. On January 29, 2022, truckers and other vaccine protestors started rally at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.[15]

The protest continued into February.[16][17][18] Protesters have stated that they will not leave until all COVID-19 restrictions and mandates have been removed with some wanting the federal government to be overthrown.[19]

Some politicians and media sources raised concerns that organizers and groups involved with the protest have had connections with white nationalism, racism, Islamophobia, the QAnon conspiracy theory, and far-right groups that support violence.[20]

On February 14, 2022 Prime Minister Trudeau announced he would use the Emergencies Act to stop the protests, making it the first time that the act has been used in Canadian history.[21][22]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. January 29 (estimate):
    • 8,000-15,000 people (Media estimates)[4][5][6][7]
    • 5,000 - 18,000 people (Ottawa Police estimate)[8]
    January 30 (estimate):
    • 3,000 people[9]</ref>
    February 5 (estimate):[10][11]
    • 1,000 vehicles
    • 5,000 people

References[change | change source]

  1. Soucy, Paul (January 28, 2022). "Trucker convoy leaves Kingston heading for weekend rally in Ottawa". Global News. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  2. "Arnprior expecting 600 Freedom Convoy vehicles this afternoon". InsideOttawaValley.com.
  3. @davidakin (January 28, 2022). "Police Sources On Freedom Convoy Numbers" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. Coletta, Amanda; Hassan, Jennifer (January 31, 2022). "Police investigate 'illegal' acts at Ottawa anti-vaccine mandate trucker protests". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  5. "Toronto police, city officials preparing for potential Queen's Park convoy protest". CBC News. February 3, 2022. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  6. Paez, Beatrice (February 4, 2022). "Morning Update: Canada moved to stop the arrest of ex-Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, sources say". The Globe and Mail – via www.theglobeandmail.com.
  7. "Tungasuvvingat Inuit asking trucking protesters to 'go home'". February 3, 2022.
  8. "Ottawa mayor says ticketing, towing protesters could incite them". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. January 31, 2022. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  9. "Ottawa mayor says ticketing, towing protesters could incite them". January 31, 2022.
  10. "Live coverage: Trucker convoy protest continues in Ottawa for 2nd week - National | Globalnews.ca". Global News.
  11. "'We need an additional surge of resources:' Ottawa police chief". Ottawa. February 5, 2022.
  12. "News and Media - Ottawa Police Service". www.ottawapolice.ca.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Ottawa Police Enforce Perimeter Containment Measures, Charges laid, new RCMP resources announced". Ottawa Police Service.
  14. "450+ tickets issued since Saturday morning". Ottawa Police Service.
  15. "VIDEO: Crowd of supporters greets anti-vaccine-mandate truck convoy as it leaves Vancouver for Ottawa". Smithers Interior News. January 23, 2022.
  16. Massie, Graeme (January 30, 2022). "Soup kitchen says Freedom Convoy truckers 'harassing' staff for meals". The Independent. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  17. Gilmore, Rachel (January 31, 2022). "'We won't give in' Trudeau says as trucker convoy protest continues". Global News. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  18. Raymond, Ted; Woods, Michael (February 1, 2022). "What to expect from the 'Freedom Convoy' protest today". CTV News Ottawa. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  19. Cecco, Leyland (January 28, 2022). "Canada truckers' vaccine protest spirals into calls to repeal all public health rules". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  20. Gilmore, Rachel (January 29, 2022). "Some trucker convoy organizers have history of white nationalism, racism". Global News. Retrieved February 2, 2022. updated January 30.
  21. Aiello, Rachel (2022-02-14). "Trudeau makes history, invokes Emergencies Act to deal with trucker protests". CTV News. Archived from the original on February 15, 2022. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  22. Tunney, Catharine (February 14, 2022). "Federal government invokes Emergencies Act for first time ever in response to protests". CBC News. Archived from the original on February 14, 2022.