The organizer behind “Freedom Convoy 2022” says it’s not affiliated with extremists, and will not tolerate any “aggressive” acts.
The convoy is currently on the road to Ottawa to protest against the vaccine mandate placed on all cross-border truck drivers.
Tamara Lich addressed supporters in a video posted on the Freedom Convoy 2022 Facebook page as the protest’s online rhetoric grows increasingly extremist.
“I want to reiterate to you guys that if you see anybody in our convoy who is acting out of line, being aggressive or being an agitator, they are not with our group,” said Lich.
She advised supporters to take note of truck numbers and license plates and report any extremists to the police.
“We have been working with local law officials all across the country to make sure this goes off safely,” she added. “We’re not out here to see anybody get hurt, and if that happens, please let us know.”
The convoy of trucks left BC for Ottawa on Sunday. Since then, Canadian far-right and white nationalist groups wanting to capitalize on the event have encouraged their followers to join in on the protest, hoping it’ll be Canada’s version of last year’s January 6 riot in Washington.
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The group’s support continues to grow. As of now, “Freedom Convoy” has raised over $5 million on GoFundMe and has upped its goal to $6 million.
As of January 15, all cross-border truck drivers must be fully vaccinated. Canadian truck drivers need to meet pre-entry, testing, and quarantine requirements, while foreign national truck drivers who are not fully vaccinated will be directed back to the US.