What began as a small protest against a vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers, dubbed the “Freedom Convoy,” has turned into a major protest against the Canadian government’s Covid restrictions, threatening Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau security”.
According to media reports, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have shifted to a secret location after a large protest opposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates converged on Parliament Hill on Saturday.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that thousands of truckers and other protesters gathered in Ottawa on Saturday to demand an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other public health restrictions.
Nearly 10,000 people were expected to be present by day’s end, police said. As of Saturday evening, there was no official estimate of the crowd size, according to media reports.
“Trudeau said he was concerned the protest would turn violent but claimed the convoy represented a “small fringe minority” that does not “represent the views of Canadians.”