Ottawa is under siege from a protest by anti-vaccine mandate truckers. These are mostly non-violent protests, but also shutting down the city. Most of Canada is vaccinated. There’s little incremental benefit to requiring this of truckers, who spend most of their work time alone. And truckers tend to do this by choice. Take people choosing to work solo, and try to make them do something, this is the group most likely to rebel not just most reasonable in feeling justified at rebelling.
Their trucks are choking off streets in the capital and protesters started digging in for the long haul. If you believe in (mostly) peaceful protest, rather than just protests for causes you believe in, it’s hard to have sympathy for the government. But we’re already hearing talk about bringing in the military. Ottawa has lost control. Their leadership doesn’t really know what to do. The chances that this turns violent are increasing.
#BREAKING As of midnight tonight, police will be cutting off the fuel supply to convoy/occupation supporters. Anyone bringing gas, diesel &/or propane will be charged with “assisting an illegal activity.”
— Caryma Sa'd – Lawyer + Political Commentator (@CarymaRules) February 6, 2022
The protests in Ottawa have the world’s attention. They’ve become a rallying cry for the Right around the world. And that creates huge stakes for the Trudeau government. GoFundMe has cancelled a $10 million raise for the truckers.
But proving that every story has a travel angle it seems hotels are cancelling reservations in Ottawa. (HT: @crucker)
Reports coming out that the Marriott in Ottawa canceled all bookings for truckers saying they are at capacity despite being completely empty pic.twitter.com/bo7mMeBwfI
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 6, 2022
Canadian authorities will regain control, the question is what happens in the meantime and what narrative comes out of this.