While the world has been watching with enthusiasm the massive crowd of “Freedom Convoy” protesters peacefully standing — and driving — against Canada’s vaccine mandates, Ottawa police have decided on their best course of action: They set up a hate crime hotline.
Though the massive crowds, numbering in the tens of thousands, have produced no riots and no reports of deaths or even injuries, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly — who, himself, admitted the protests were peaceful — has decided that a dedicated hotline for reporting “hate incidents” would help his city address the non-aggressive, unintimidating, law-abiding throngs of anti-authoritarian Canadians.
“Within the next 24 hours, we are going to be creating a hotline for hate incidents — hate crimes, any offenses directly related to the demonstrations, including criminal offenses, threats, assaults, hate-related crimes, mischiefs, anything that nay member of the community, any visitor, any demonstrator has faced in terms of criminal activity,” Sloly stated in a virtual press conference. “A hotline will be established to receive those reports. There will be an immediate investigation until we have resolved it by way of charge and prosecution.”
“We have the intelligence officers and the investigative officers and multi-jurisdictional support from British Columbia to St. John’s, from Nunavut to the GTA,” Sloly said.
“No matter where you live, no matter where your vehicle’s registered, if you’ve come here and committed a crime, if you have committed a hate crime, you will be investigated,” Sloly warned. “We will look for you, we will charge you. If necessary, we’ll arrest you, and we will pursue prosecutions against you.”
Given that the Canadian protests seem so orderly compared to the BLM/ANTIFA “mostly peaceful protests” America endured in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the move by Ottawa police seems, at best, excessive, and at worst, like an attempt to gaslight the world into believing Ottawa has been overrun by white supremacists.
While a Confederate flag and a swastika have been sporadically seen in the crowd, this has hardly been a hate-filled event.
But you’d never know that listening to the Prime Minister, who fled the area rather than face his citizens.
“To anyone who joined the convoy but is rightly uncomfortable with the symbols of hatred and division on display: join with your fellow Canadians, be courageous, and speak out,” implored PM Justin Trudeau, in a public statement from an undisclosed location. “Do not stand for, or with intolerance and hate.”
This seems incongruous to the images of people singing “O Canada” and feeding hungry truckers that have gone viral across the internet.
“This is a demonstration unique in nature, massive in scale, polarizing in context, dangerous in literally every aspect of the event itself,” said Sloly. “This started on the west coast of Canada and spread across the country. It has been fluid, ever-changing and increasingly more difficult to manage.”
The chief cited “massive traffic chaos and gridlock” issues that have affected every citizen of Ottawa, but admitted the protests have remained peaceful when praising law enforcement:
“[Law enforcement] have been an incredible group of individuals who’ve kept this city safe during a situation that could have become riotous, it could have led to significant and severe injuries, and it could have led to the loss of life,” Sloly said. “None of that has occurred over the last four days.”
Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa, points to more destructive actions allegedly perpetrated by his unwanted guests.
“We’ve witnessed the desecration of cherished monuments, like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Terry Fox Statue, displays of hate symbols, like the Confederate flag and the swastika, and all types of bad behavior that have taken away the freedom of our residents to live without fear. Many residents have not slept for days due to the noise and disruptions. Many have been shut in by the crowds — a lockdown imposed by the protest itself,” the mayor said.
“The protests have been incredibly disruptive and continue to impact the safety and well-being of our residents,” the mayor said. “People have had the opportunity to voice their frustration against government policy, but, as the old saying goes, they’ve worn out their welcome.”
Well, then, Mr. Mayor, you should thank your Canadian truckers.
It was they who pointed the suspiciously masked agitator out and promptly demanded he leave.
A provocateur, hiding his face, attempted to distort the appearance freedom movement in Ottawa, Canada. He was quickly pointed out and told to leave. pic.twitter.com/nReXIgcY9y
— The Vigilant Fox (@VigilantFox) January 30, 2022
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