Different views on truck driver protests in Ottawa


Ottawa — On a cold day on February 11, this move was probably a bit provocative.

OK, on ​​the protest site against the obligations and restrictions of COVID-19, it was very provocative to put up the sign “Return to terrorists”.

In particular, a crowd of 400 truck protest drivers and supporters who blocked the streets in the inner sanctuary of Canada’s capital, Ottawa, never liked it.

But it wasn’t going to stop Ottawa’s Diana Sheriff, a confession activist, standing with a red rag sign to clarify her claim.

Sheriff was angry, and this was not her first visit to the protest area to make sure people knew about her concerns about the protest.

Deana Sheriff
Activist Deana Sherif informed protesters of what they thought about the actions of some of them in Ottawa, Canada, on February 11, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

Her bugbear, a Shepherds of Good Hope organization that helps homeless people, reports that some protesters harassed shelter staff for food on the first day of the January 29 protest. I am.

“When I was talking to them [protesters] They didn’t seem to understand the impact they had on the inhabitants of Ottawa, “she said.

“They thought it was just a little inconvenience.”

In an interview with The Epoch Times, supporters of the blockade of protests rounded Sheriff noisily, saying she wasn’t talking to them, wasn’t vaccinated, or didn’t want to wear a mask. He said he had no problem doing it.

“We have problems with the fact that the inhabitants of our city are being abused and that we stop or delay travel from countries that bring us food and supplies and allow Canadians to work. There is, “she said. Cross the border between Canada and the United States.

Since the start of the protests, Epoch Times reporters on the ground have seen no visible signs of abuse or violence. The most common complaint about early protests was the sound of the horn ringing all day long. The court on February 7 imposed a 10-day injunction to stop honking.

Life was more peaceful.

Marie Eye was chopping onions so that she could make soup.

Marie Eye
Mary Eye, Quebec is pleased to prepare soup for anyone who wants it during a protest in Ottawa, Canada, on February 11, 2022. (Richard Moore / Epoch Times)

“I cook for everyone. We are all together, Canadian, need to eat, need to breathe, need to live.”

Her eyes are from Quebec and she came to support the protest.

“I came from the first morning, and it has undergone a sort of evolution, and now I have this lovely little soup project,” she said.

“I didn’t really like making soup. It just connects people.”

She said it was “like a magic potion.”

Locals Bobby Smith also took him to Wellington Street, but he was dissatisfied with the impact of the protest on the people of Ottawa.

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Locals Bobby Smith asked protesters to move on on February 11, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

“Many residents are experiencing threatening behavior. Verbal threats, verbal assaults, and even verbal assaults. [protest] “The convoy,” Smith said.

“There are a lot of people around here who are scared. There was vandalism.”

The allegations are among some made against protesters, including politicians. The protest organizers claim that the protest is peaceful.

One of the more prominent allegations was about the alleged arson incident in a building in the area where social media posts accused the protesters. Mayor of Ottawa and a member of parliament on behalf of horseback riding also quoted the case, asking protesters to leave.there were Many features There is no evidence that the protesters were involved in the case, including the fact that police responded only after someone posted it on social media the day after the alleged incident occurred.

Smith said he understands people’s frustration with pandemics and policy “boomerang” changes.

“There is legitimate frustration here, but unfortunately there are some bad behaviors that have spilled over into the neighborhood where people feel threatened,” he said.

“That’s what I say, and please pay homage to going to the convoy.”

He said the reaction was primarily a respectful conversation.

“I had some people yelling at me, but there was no threat.”

Not far away, a mini music festival was played from behind a stage set up in a structure known as a large trailer and shed.

The crowd enjoyed sounds of all sizes and many rippling Canadian flags to match their musical fantasies.

The crowd was unleashed when “Footloose” was played.

Apart from the main action, truck drivers just seemed to freeze in their cars.

Howard Spencer, 44, arrived from the suburbs of Vancouver two weeks ago.

Howard Spencer
Howard Spencer joined the blockade in Ottawa, Canada, on February 11, 2022, to regain the freedom of the Bill of Rights lost to Canadians. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

“I am here to stand up for the rights and freedoms of all.

“I’m not an anti-baker. We have a bill of rights and I think it’s lost by that power. We need to go back to it and go back to freedom. I think they’re eroding. . “

Spencer said he would stay as long as it took.

He said he was losing money, but that didn’t matter. Spencer said it was all about principles. “I think this is correct.”

His purpose was for politicians to “give up all missions and return to our familiar lives.”

Richard Moore

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