THE Canadian Freedom Convoy protest stands at a defining moment in history. The truckers are being tested to the limit. On Saturday militarised police moved in to clear them off the Ambassador Bridge at Windsor, Ontario, before blocking it with concrete barriers. Since this crackdown by the state authorities, the threat of $100,000 fines and imprisonment if they refuse to move, and with banks freezing their campaign funds, everything hinges on what the truckers now do.
At the time of writing demonstrators were reported still to be at the bridge which connects Canada with the USA at Detroit, the busiest international crossing in North America, as well as at Ottawa, New Brunswick and other border locations. A further US convoy was reported to be on its way and leading Republican politicians such as Ted Cruz are stating their support:
Dr Peter McCullough’s report of how doctors, scientists and citizens converged on the Canadian capital to join this unprecedented siege for freedom this weekend, speaking and giving practical support, highlights how something which began as a protest at the imposition of irrational and wrong border-crossing vaccination compliance has expanded and evolved into something immeasurably bigger. It has sparked an ever-widening protest fr freedom and against State authoritarianism and repression across the world, in the US, France, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.
Inspired by men such as Corporal Daniel Bulford, who resigned as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s security chief to stand with the truckers, they have maintained their good humour and commitment to a peaceful defence of their rights, stated in this speech from former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford, 79, the last living signer of Canada’s 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms, at the Freedom Convoy protest in Victoria, British Columbia.
The eyes of the world are on the truckers. Some parts of the mainstream media began by ignoring them and, when they could not, decided to demonise them. ‘Lurking below the surface, though, is the same undercurrent of populism that powered the January 6 Capitol insurrection and the yellow vests movement: a powerful current fed by disinformation, conspiratorial thinking and deepening social divides’ a Guardian report read. But in face of their staying power and the public support they are receiving in Canada against Trudeau’s declining ratings, the MSM is wobbling and starting to report the protests properly. See Mail Online for example.
A week or so ago Jordan Peterson was asked what message he had for the truckers. His advice to them was: ‘Keep your heads, gents, don’t take the bait’, ‘don’t let your frustration translate itself into violence’, and ‘ethical stance forward’.
He is right, they must. But if history teaches us anything about success or failure in conflict it is that at such a moment as this they must not weaken or be seen to weaken. They must hold their nerve.
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