Food for thought. For me remembering the Freedom Convoy is to remember the huge display of public support for the truckers. It made us all proud to be Canadian. Then seeing the RCMP trample a disabled woman on horseback and seeing the police and foreign NATO soldiers stomp on the Canadian Flag and beat peaceful protesters made us all ashamed to be Canadian.
The police had the right to tow semis if they were illegally parked but they did not have the right to beat peaceful protesters. Police on Guard tried to remind police of their oath. Veterans4freedom stood for freedom and opposed violence. After James Topp completed his march to Ottawa at the tomb of the Unknown soldier, the police moved in and made some brutal arrests. in a very look at me I’m a dick kind of way. That destroys public confidence and that is what they are paid to do. They are paid agitators just like the NATO soldier stomping on the Canadian flag. Ottawa canceled the permit for Police on Guard's picnic.
The Counter Signal posted a video of the brutal arrest on Twitter but has since taken it off their website. It was disgusting and once again made me ashamed to be Canadian. That kind of arrogant violence against peaceful protesters generates an emotional reaction to fight back. I share those feelings but I stand down and record my dissent. I oppose violence.
BREAKING: Our lawyers were just threatened with a $1000 bylaw ticket for displaying this banner in downtown Ottawa on Canada Day. pic.twitter.com/QHDa17ilwf— The Democracy Fund (@TDF_Can) July 2, 2022
I don’t oppose the use of force. I oppose violence. There’s a difference. The use of force in times of war is necessary. The use of force to uphold the law is also necessary. The Charter of Rights is the law the police are paid to uphold. If they break their oath and break the law, we do not take the law into our own hands. We record our dissent and appeal to the law. Lest we forget.