Since publishing yesterday’s blog which contained observations re the Canadian truckers Freedom Convoy, more information has become available. Today’s blog shares the additional information with you.
The trucker information includes public urination and defecation, use of the War Memorial for urination, dancing on the War Memorial, harassment of local businesses and journalists, demonstration expanded to include any and all other grievances the truckers had with Ottawa, constant truck horn bowing, blocking downtown streets, and flying Canadian flags upside down.
A large nearby mall was overcome with truckers. They wanted food and toilet facilities, among other things. The mall shut down. All Ontario liquor stores were ordered shut.
The protesters claimed they were 50,000 strong. Fifty thousand trucks. Police disputed the figure, conceding however there were many. Police provided a figure as to the number of people involved. The police estimated 5,000 14,000.
My thought yesterday was that the truck demonstration was financed, as were many demonstrations in the U.S., by wealthy right wingers. A further assumption was the truck demonstration was well organized.
The two assumptions appear not to have been correct.
Demonstrators on the spot in Ottawa advised $9 million had been raised over GoFundMe.
There was no organization as to food, housing, or washrooms. Many public facilities were closed. The lack of toilets were the cause of the urination and defecation everywhere.
By law in Ottawa, masks are required when in a restaurant. Though the demonstration was specifically anti-vaccination, masks were not worn. The demonstrators needed to eat. They tried the restaurants, but were turned away.
Matters were becoming sensitive between the demonstrators and restaurants. The restaurants opted to close at some point saturday and remained closed all day sunday.
A soup kitchen was discovered. The demonstrators attacked and demanded food. Food was provided in order to diffuse a physical conflict.
The preceding supports my conclusion today that financing and organization were not a part of the planning for the demonstration.
Ottawa’s Freedom Convoy is intended to become international. A truck convoy demonstration occurred sunday in Australia: Convoy to Canberra. No details available other than it occurred.
Similar events reportedly are planned for Dublin and London. If so, the big bucks people and professional organizers should be bought into the fold. It is unclear how much grass roots support the demonstrators actually have.
Canadian authority responses to protests in the past have been quick and violent. Not in this Ottawa instance, however. I could not determine the reason why.
Ottawa police advise the truck demonstrations cost $800,000 per day to handle.
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