Organizers say the government hasn’t reached out yet


The “free convoy” protests in Ottawa soon ended their first week, and organizers said today that government levels have not yet spoken directly to them, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold such negotiations. I don’t know if I’m considering that, but he’s “immovable” with his vaccination obligation approach, which he says remains.

“So far, no federal, state, or local government has spoken directly to us. Instead, they have made us racialists, misogynists, and even terrorists. You are using the media to portray as, “protest organization Tamara Rich said at a press conference on February 3.

“As a woman, mother, and grandmother with a Metis tradition, I’m offended. In reality, all members of this free movement are fed up with being despised and bullied by our government. A citizen who loves the average peace of the field and complies with the law. “

Lich points out other recently announced regions, such as Saskatchewan, the United Kingdom, and some European countries, and protesters until they see a “clear plan” to lift all pandemic restrictions and obligations. I repeated if I didn’t leave.

Earlier that day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked at a press conference if he would consider negotiating with protesters. Trudeau did not respond directly, but he said he was following his election promise by imposing compulsory COVID-19 vaccination.

“It’s a decision that Canadians made in the last election by voting for the political parties that supported these missions,” Trudeau said.

“Therefore, having a group of people who disagree with the outcome of the election and want to go another way and introduce an alternative government is not a pioneer of responsible democracy.”

In the September 20, 2021 election, the Liberal Party won 160 seats and 32.6% of the referendum to maintain the minority government. The Tories, which opposed the mandatory vaccine, came in second with 119 seats and 33.7 percent of the referendum.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers reporters’ questions on Monday, January 31, 2022, while participating in media availability held in a metropolitan area that is not open to the public for security reasons. (Canada Press / Adrian Wild).

According to a survey by Angus Reid released on January 31, a majority of Canadians (54%) are in favor of lifting pandemic restrictions, a similar poll conducted two weeks ago in January. The result is an increase of nearly 15%. , Showed 40% approval.

In light of the previous day’s comment from Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly, Trudeau is wondering if military intervention is actually being considered, given that requesting military aid is an option for dealing with protests. I was asked.

“Before deploying an army in a situation involving Canadians, you must be very careful,” Trudeau replied.

“It shouldn’t be lightly entered by everyone. But so far, there are no requests and it’s not on the card so far.”

The prime minister added that police “should do their job to resolve this situation,” and said the federal government is providing assistance to the RCMP and intelligence agencies.

GoFundMe Blocked Funds

Keith Wilson, a lawyer at the Constitutional Freedom Center (JCCF) on behalf of the organizer, tackles the GoFundMe issue of withholding millions of dollars raised by the “Freedom Convoy” during a press conference. I did.

Wilson said Freedom Convoy has taken steps to be incorporated as a non-profit corporation and that all banking and accounting arrangements have been made to ensure that funds are released.

“GoFundMe has strengthened due diligence as it was attacked by organized social media and other campaigns and attempted to shut down or remove it. We welcome this,” the Wilson team announced today at JCCF. It states as follows. A lawyer in the field to advise the organizer.

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(LR) JCCF Attorney Keith Wilson and Freedom Convoy Organizers Chris Barber and Tamararich will hold a press conference in Ottawa on February 3, 2022. (Gerry Smith / NTD)

Arrest not part of the convoy: Security Coordinator

A former RCMP officer who worked as a sniper to protect the Prime Minister also spoke at a press conference to discuss security issues.

Daniel Bruford, a 15-year military veteran who says he has resigned due to the vaccine obligations imposed on the RCMP, is coordinating the safety of the protest.

Mr. Bulford said he has extensive experience in large-scale events in downtown Ottawa, such as Canada Day, and large-scale police deployments carried out during truck driver protests are normal. People need to be relieved.

Former officials also said the organizers are in contact with various law enforcement agencies involved to raise safety concerns.

Bruford also questioned information about the arrest, which was described as being related to the protest.

“I am not involved in the movement, crimes related to property damage, and assaults by agitators this morning were witnessed and reported by truck drivers and one of our volunteer guards. I have very reliable information about it. This was reported to the police and handled by the Otawa police, “he said.

Bruford also mentioned the kindness and politeness found around protest sites, such as feeding the homeless, picking up trash from the ground, scraping snow, and protecting the War Memorial. ..

Noe Chartier

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NoƩ Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.