Freedom Convoy Organizers Remind Supporters to ‘Keep Calm’ as Trudeau Warns of Violence

Ottawa, ON — Organizers of Freedom Convoy 2022 are reminding participants not to engage with “agitators” as supporters have begun rolling into Ottawa.

After a week-long cross-country demonstration against Canada’s COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, thousands of truckers and concerned citizens are expected to pour into the nation’s capital in the next 24 hours.




 

In response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ramping up his attacks against the group by warning of possible violence.

In an interview with The Canadian Press on Friday, Trudeau said the Freedom Convoy is no longer a protest against the federal vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers but is now a small minority of “very angry” people opposed to all public health measures with some even espousing violence.

Freedom Convoy organizers quickly refuted those claims releasing a detailed statement on its Facebook page calling for all demonstrators to remain “peaceful” and “lawful.”

 

Organizers urged protesters:

1) DO NOT enter any government building or government property under any circumstances.

2) Treat all police officers with respect… even if they issue you a citation.

3) Keep calm. If you see individuals attempting to bait other truckers and attendees into conflict, report them to the police and our staff, or look to others around you to help with de-escalation.

4) Do not make any type of threat. Threats lead to escalation, which could lead to violence. Please do your absolute best to stifle any aggressive rhetoric.

Organizers also warned that media outlets will be looking to smear protesters and the movement.




 

“As you know, the legacy media will be present and will use this as ammunition against our movement,” organizers said. “Their business model is built on a strategy of destroying reputations. Do not help them profit from destroying your reputation.”

Earlier this week, organizers released a list of demands of Mr. Trudeau and government leaders, which they say must be met in order for them to leave Ottawa.


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That list includes measures such as terminating COVID vaccine mandates and ending requirements for vaccine passports and all other “obligatory vaccine contact tracing programs or enter-Canada passport systems.”

“We will eventually cause the government to reverse its policy on COVID passports and vaccine mandates as the [United Kingdom] has recently done,” organizers said on Friday. “This is the first step in a long journey to a new golden age of freedom and understanding for one another. Let’s build that future together.”

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