Trudeau ‘Not Intimidated’ by Freedom Convoy, Will Not Meet With ‘Very Few’ Protesters
Ottawa, ON — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no plans to meet with thousands of truckers and concerned citizens protesting in the nation’s capital.
In a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau again dismissed protesters in Ottawa as “a very few” and denounced them as “hateful.”
Mr. Trudeau pointed to Canadian mainstream media reports alleging protesters have desecrated memorials, been verbally abusive toward police and business owners, and are displaying Nazi imagery.
“Over the past few days Canadians were shocked and frankly disgusted by the behavior displayed by some people protesting in our nation’s capital,” he said. “I want to be very clear, we are not intimidated by those who hurl insults and abuse at small business workers and steal food from the homeless. We won’t give in to those who fly racist flags. We won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism or dishonor the memory of our veterans.”
When asked directly if he intended to meet with those who have traveled from all parts of the country to demand the Federal Government end all COVID-19-related mandates, the Prime Minister sidestepped the question not once, but twice.
“My focus is standing with Canadians and getting through this pandemic. Yes there is a right to protest, but there is not a right to shut down our democracy or to abuse, intimidate and harass your fellow citizens,” he said.
The fully vaccinated leader also announced on Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19, but said he had “no symptoms.”
Just as he did last week after announcing he was exposed to the virus, he said he will be working remotely this week as well.
WATCH more of his remarks below.
At a press conference on Sunday, Freedom Convoy organizers confirmed Mr. Trudeau nor anyone from his office has reached out to discuss the protesters’ list of demands.
Organizers also pushed back on media reports cited today by Mr. Trudeau calling them “fake” or only involving a small number of those in attendance.
“We need change,” Freedom Convoy spokesperson Benjamin Dichter said. “We need to unify. The enemy is not each other. The enemy or the problem is the political class which is pushing us into serfdom. If you want to maintain your basic freedoms, this is the movement for you.”
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