DC to FSJ Freedom Convoy 2022 amasses large turnout

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents from across the Peace Region took part in a convoy to protest COVID-19 rules a…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents from across the Peace Region took part in a convoy to protest COVID-19 rules and support truckers arriving in Ottawa on Saturday.

The convoy seemed to stretch from Taylor to Charlie Lake at times. Vehicles drove past with Canadian flags and signs demanding freedom as well as voicing animosity towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Members of the community also gathered at Charlie Lake Fire Hall to watch the convoy roll by and show support by waving Canadian flags and holding signs with messages such as “We support choice” and “No mandates”.

A rally was held Saturday afternoon across from the Charlie Lake Fire Hall to continue the protest locally.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, crowds and vehicles blocked roads surrounding Parliament Hill on Saturday to condemn public health measures in a rally that’s expected to attract as many as 10,000 people from across Canada this weekend.

One of the main organizers of the trucker convoy to Ottawa addressed the crowd, suggesting that he believes their concerns can’t be ignored.

Patrick King says despite meeting with several Conservative politicians during a previous convoy to the capital years ago, none ever acted on concerns.

King was part of the “yellow vest” protests in 2019, a global movement that claimed to represent the economic concerns of its members but also devolved into Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-immigrant views.

Speaking to demonstrators outside the Prime Minister’s Office, he asked the crowd, “do you think they hear us now?” and garnered a round of applause.

He adds that watching people arrive in Ottawa to say no to vaccine mandates “is the most amazing thing I’ve seen yet.”

While the original objective of the protest was to oppose vaccine mandates for truck drivers crossing the Canada-U.S. border, it’s become an outlet for an array of frustrations with COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership.

With files from the Canadian Press.

 

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