Anti-Convoy Witnesses At EA Inquiry Keep Claiming Phantom “Violence” From Freedom Convoy

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on October 29, 2022

One of the most ridiculous themes of much of the witness testimony at the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC) has been the insistence that the peaceful Freedom Convoy protesters were really violent savages who could fly off the handle at any moment.

Both the anti-convoy Ottawa residents and municipal government officials, as well as a few of the witnesses from various police forces, keep holding to the belief the convoy supporters in Ottawa were on the edge of committing mass violence, despite zero evidence. 

Former Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly and Ottawa Interim Police Chief Steve Bell claimed that the Freedom Convoy “was a tinder box waiting to explode” and that there was “violence that our community felt” in Ottawa.

The illogic of claiming that residents of Ottawa had “felt” violence coming from the Freedom Convoy and that it was a tinder box waiting to explode, should be obvious to anyone who had watched the entire protest in Ottawa play out. When police were storming the protest zone, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, protesters would still refuse to engage in violence, even when pepper-sprayed, and seeing other protesters beaten on the ground with no justification. 

Peter Sloly when asked about then-Ottawa City Councilor Dianne Deans demanding he responds to crimes rebuffed the criticism of him, stating that “She is accusing us of not responding to crimes. We don’t respond to Twitter. She needs to report any threats” which seems to give the lie to the idea that there was violence or any real crimes being committed by supporters of the Freedom Convoy. 

It is ironic that Sloly during the same testimony made the “tinder box” claim. It almost seems like a religious belief among the anti-convoy crowd that the convoy supporters were rampaging barbarians, even while they sat in hot tubs and shoveled the snow off of sidewalks. 

During last week’s POEC testimony, OPP Intelligence Superintendent Pat Morris even stated that he found it shocking how little crime there was around the Freedom Convoy protest zone.

The biggest claims during the convoy of truckers or their supporters committing violent acts or crimes ended up either being pure fake news, or hoaxes, like the attempted arson at an apartment building nearby the Ottawa protest.

There seems to be a lot of inertia originating from the legacy media’s propaganda about the convoy that makes some people truly feel there was a major threat of violence from the convoy, in spite of all evidence on the ground.

The socially acceptable position in government institutions and in Ottawa social circles is that the Freedom Convoy protest was a movement of “racists” and “extremists”. Everyone begins to parrot anti-convoy talking points as if they were true, simply because most other people inside the Ottawa political bubble and legacy media journalists on their TV and phone screens keep repeating them. 

This is exactly why people in favour of the Freedom Convoy should stand strongly by the fact that the convoy was absolutely peaceful (not that it couldn’t be somewhat annoying). The more people knowingly or unknowingly spread lies about the convoy, the more people who understand what really happened in Ottawa should push back. 

When you know the truth, never give way to untruth and political correctness. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

One response to “Anti-Convoy Witnesses At EA Inquiry Keep Claiming Phantom “Violence” From Freedom Convoy”

  1. lynda says:

    We always knew and saw that the Freedom Convoy was peaceful. Even in the face of violence bestowed upon them, unjustly.