(OTTAWA) One of the organizers of the “Freedom Convoy” admitted Tuesday that he doesn’t have control over all the truckers paralyzing downtown Ottawa. Chris Barber was the first protester to give his version of the facts to the Commission on the state of emergency.
Posted at 11:41 am.
Updated at 12:45 p.m.
She said she, Brigitte Belton and Tamara Licht were surprised and moved by the amount of movement they started on social media. Chris Barber opposes the federal government’s mandated vaccination of truckers crossing the Canada-US border. Their demonstration was initially aimed at overturning this policy.
He tried to distance himself from Canada Unity, a group that wanted to overthrow the government with the help of the Governor General and the Senate Speaker. He also admitted that the “Freedom Convoy” organizers wanted one of the movement’s leading figures, Patrick King, to leave Ottawa because of his violent views. Mr. Trudeau said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was “going to get shot” and that “bullets are the only way to fix the situation.” King’s videos made headlines at the time.
“I know he has problems. I have skeletons in my closet, too,” he admitted writing to Tamara Leach. He admitted to being an Internet agitator and posting racist and anti-Muslim content, which he’s not proud of today.
“During the convoy, I was a different person,” he said. He changed him by meeting people from all walks of life and laughing and crying with them. “It humbled me and made me realize that my posts were bad and that there was a better way to do it. »
A federal government prosecutor provided him with several newsletters that convoy organizers sent to daily truckers in which Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was presented as one of the leading leaders of the World Economic Forum’s “global elite,” a conspiracy theory.
He then presented him with a death threat from Mr.me Freeland said the signer had declared war on the federal government and asked him if he knew the same day the Ontario Provincial Police had arrested a man in Ottawa with shields and knives. “When you light a fire, do the flames get out of control? He asked her?
“That’s why I’ve been on the floor a lot,” replied Chris Barber, adding that the letter to the deputy prime minister was the last thing he wanted. He admitted that other protesters did not always listen to him.
Chris Barber was the liaison between the Ottawa police and the truckers parked on downtown streets. He helped negotiate with them to clear lanes for emergency vehicles. However, he had little success at the corner of Rideau and Sussex streets, where Farfadaas, a Quebec group opposed to health measures, was stationed. Speaker Steve Charland is scheduled to testify before the commission on Tuesday.
According to him, the “Freedom Convoy” was portrayed negatively and unfairly in the media. He feels that opposition has not penetrated the citizens of Ottawa despite the loud noise. He found their sound carefree, but to him it was an expression of the ecstasy of the moment.
The “Freedom Convoy” has paralyzed the city center of the federal capital since January 28, ending a massive three-day police operation between February 18 and 20 after a historic deployment. Emergency Measures Act. A public hearing led by Franco-Ontarian Justice Paul Rouleau aims to determine whether the extraordinary powers granted under the Act are justified.
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