As we reported yesterday Canadian police have taken a hardline approach in an effort to break up the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, with at least 100 arrested and mounted police trampling protestors on Friday.
Mounted police and officers clad in riot gear, some carrying rifles, moved in on the Freedom Convoy on Friday, pushing into crowds of people including children as protestors linked arms and sang the national anthem in an effort to block their advances.
Scuffles between police and protestors were reported, with Freedom Convoy members creating makeshift snow barriers to help them defend against the police.
Four senior protest leaders are among roughly 100 people who have been arrested — largely on ‘mischief’ charges — and two dozen vehicles blocking key roads having been towed out of the estimated 350 vehicles belonging to the protestors.
Police have refused to release numbers of remaining protestors or vehicles, AP reports.
In some of the most shocking scenes to come out of Ottawa, the mounted police officers began taking things into their own hands when they arrived.
In one video, several RCMP officers can be seen ramming their horses into the crowd of protesters as they clear a path for other officers.
The police ran their horses into a crowd of protesters much faster than they should have, despite the protesters being peaceful.
Ottawa Police lied. This was the elderly woman trampled by the horses. pic.twitter.com/FGmPoSj9F9
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 19, 2022
If the video above reminds us of some third-world dictatorship the photo that was shared on the Freedom Conwoy telegram channel shows something worse.
The Canadian police are stepping on the Canadian flag and it’s something that protesters can’t forgive:
Canada has no laws prohibiting flag burning or desecration. Acts of this nature are forms of expression protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In the USA that is illegal:
They allegedly held some protesters at gunpoint:
Ottawa police are lying. They held some protesters at gunpoint. pic.twitter.com/s8OYqtJPCL
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 20, 2022
This is Justin Trudeau’s Canada summed up in one picture!
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