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Anti-vaccine Canada truckers roll toward Ottawa, praised by Tesla's Musk

Anti-vaccine Canada truckers roll toward Ottawa, praised by Tesla's Musk

Friday, January 28, 2022, 10:18 GMT+7
Anti-vaccine Canada truckers roll toward Ottawa, praised by Tesla's Musk
People gather to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa in protest of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters

OTTAWA -- Canadian truck drivers determined to shut down central Ottawa over a federal government vaccine mandate rolled across the country toward the capital on Thursday, boosted by praise from Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk.

The protesters are unhappy that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has imposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers.

Industry officials say 90% of drivers traversing the U.S. frontier are inoculated but a minority have refused, saying the mandate contravenes personal freedom.

"Canadian truckers rule," tweeted Musk, who in September 2020 said he would not get vaccinated for COVID-19 on the grounds he and his family were not at risk. In November 2020 he said he most likely had a mild case.

Supporters of truckers gather on a highway overpass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of truckers gather on a highway overpass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of truckers, converging on Ottawa from several directions, are due to arrive on Friday and aim to park their rigs on Parliament Hill, paralyzing downtown traffic.

Organizers insist the demonstration will be peaceful. Some protesters, however, have talked about blocking hospitals, assaulting Trudeau and even a coming civil war.

Supporters of truckers gather in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of truckers gather in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters

"We are aware of inappropriate and threatening language on social media related to this event," the Ottawa police force tweeted on Thursday. "There will be consequences for persons engaging in criminal conduct (and) violence."

The more extreme comments pose a challenge for the official opposition Conservative Party. Senior party members are praising the truckers, and say the mandate will hit food supplies and spark inflation.

Supporters of truckers gather in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of truckers gather in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters

"You're bound to have a number who say unacceptable things ... but that doesn't mean we disparage the thousands of hardworking, law-abiding, and peaceful truckers, who quite frankly, have kept all of you alive for the last two years," legislator Pierre Poilievre told reporters.

Trudeau on Monday accused conservative politicians of stoking fear over the mandate.

Supporters of truckers gather on a highway overpass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of truckers gather on a highway overpass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to support truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers January 27, 2022. Photo: Reuters

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