Truckers protest in Ottawa against Canada’s vaccine mandate
Ottawa (STL.News) Hundreds of truckers have driven their giant rigs into the Canadian capital Ottawa to protest against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates required to cross the United States border.
The so-called “Freedom Convoy” – coming from east and west – started as a rally against a vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers but has turned into a demonstration against government overreach during the pandemic with a strong anti-vaccination streak.
The violent rhetoric used by some of the promoters on social media in the run-up to the protest has worried police, who were out in force.
Trudeau and his family have left the home where they live in downtown Ottawa due to security concerns, the CBC news outlet reported.
Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports.