Thousands pour into Ottawa, amplifying protests around the capital

Ottawa — The heart of Canada’s capital, Ottawa, was flooded with thousands of protesters on February 12, demanding the abolition of COVID-19 obligations and restrictions.

With the arrival of the weekend, more and more people have joined the ongoing truck driver-led protests. From the night of February 11th to the next morning, supporters seemed to be rushing into the city, and the number increased.

More people were particularly noticeable on the hills of Parliament, and then on the streets that spilled from the immediate vicinity of the truck blockade.

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On February 12, 2022, the influx of newcomers surged the ranks of protesters in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

Around 10 am, thousands of protesters were grouped together to form the word “freedom.”

Then they waved the red and white maple leaf flag and sang the national anthem “O Canada” with passion and inspiring volume.

When finished, they cheered loudly and the maple leaves shook again.

This effort helped to inspire protesters on a very cold winter day, as morning temperatures dropped to -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and gusts caused snow to fly into the air. ..

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Protesters enjoying the music played during the blockade in Ottawa, Canada, February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

Dennis Kadu, a carpenter from Orleans, told The Epoch Times that he likes almost everything about protests and people’s actions.

If there is one thing he can change, it will cut out negative signs and messages.

“They make us sound violent,” he said.

Cadieux said that the main phrase he didn’t like was “[Expletive] Trudeau. “

“Trudeau is human like everyone else,” he said. “He makes mistakes, but unfortunately he makes big mistakes that require him to resign. And we understand, but we can’t hate him. Hatred is a big word. . “

Cadieux goes on to say: I respect what Trudeau did. But for us it doesn’t work and he has to resign. But remove the sign.As supporters, we need to take [expletive] It is out of the equation. “

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Dennis Kadu supports Ottawa’s protest, but wants to remove some negative messages from the photo taken on February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

And I saw other things that Kadu rated as negative.

“This morning I watched a video of a gentleman against a truck driver. What I didn’t like about the supporters was that instead of being positive, they filled him with” freedom, freedom. ” It was that it was.

“The poor were overwritten by these people, and it was negative. So now we are also losing viewers.

“If we treated this gentleman with dignity and honest respect, he would probably say,” OK, they were great. ” Instead, we lost the gentleman forever. “

But overall, Mr. Kadu said he hoped protesters would attract people through their actions.

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Protesters on Wellington Street near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)
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Children protesting in Ottawa, Canada on February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

“Not everyone wins, but to be honest, I think this is great.”

“The mainstream news sounded like we were confusing the economy, but in reality it was the delay in not talking to us that was confusing the economy,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. There is. “

Electrified crowd

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Protesters in Ottawa, Canada, February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

The mass gathering on February 12 had a carnival atmosphere along Wellington Street near the Capitol, and the spirits soared as people stood up and sang along with a very popular song list.

Speeches were given all day, during which keywords and phrases such as freedom gained cheers and whistles from a crowded crowd.

While cruising through the snow-covered streets, a car fluttering the national emblem on a flatbed honked, screaming “freedom” regularly, answering in a similar fashion.

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Thousands of people joined the mandate protesters in Ottawa on February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)
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Protesters signed to Ottawa on February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)
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I’m happy to be here. Flag waving Canadians in Ottawa on February 12, 2022. (Richard Moore / The Epoch Times)

Suffering from business

At a restaurant on the edge of the city center, a small group of Canadian flags came without a mask and asked for proof of vaccination. They didn’t have them and they were told they couldn’t serve.

“I didn’t want to eat here anyway,” said one when they left.

“This is killing our business,” the server said of the protest.

In less than a month, we had eight servers. “There are two now.”

Eating and drinking establishments take the utmost care to take the COVID-19 restrictions seriously. However, just two weeks ago, it was reported that she did not check her vaccination card. She was a regular customer who left the card at home.

A customer reported the incident and the restaurant was fined $ 1,000.

Richard Moore


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