Police Are Arresting People In Ottawa For Previously Attending Freedom Convoy Protest

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on April 30, 2022

The Ottawa Police have admitted on Twitter that one of the main reasons they are able to arrest people attending the Rolling Thunder freedom protest in the city is that nonsense bail conditions were placed on Freedom Convoy attendees back in February.

The Ottawa Police also claim that the Freedom Convoy protest was an “illegal protest” despite a judge having ruled that the protest was a legal form of Canadians exercising their Freedom of Expression rights.

The vast majority, if not all, of the people arrested and charged after the Freedom Convoy rally, were hit with hollow charges of “mischief” based on the false grounds that the protest was illegal after the invocation of the Emergencies Act. This was false and not one person has been convicted of any crime, yet Ottawa Police can use heavily slanted bail conditions to try and disrupt the ongoing Rolling Thunder protest, which is not even planning on staying in the city past April 30th. 

Yesterday the Ottawa Police claimed to have arrested seven demonstrators, which they claimed included assaulting a police officer, as well as towing 24 vehicles.

If someone did assault a police officer they definitely should be arrested, but there is heavy skepticism of whether or not an assault, or any crime for that manner, actually happened as the police have been the ones clearly acting more aggressively on the ground during Rolling Thunder. 

The police seem positioned in order to find excuses to arrest protesters as no footage has come out yet showing protesters doing anything that could be considered illegal.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson did before the Rolling Thunder that:

Nobody wants a repeat of what happened during the truckers convoy, and that’s why I believe we’re more proactive and better prepared to deal with the issue…

As it has been said before the Freedom Convoy protest was not illegal so when Watson says that the city is going to be “more proactive and better prepared to deal with the issue” the only issue he could be preparing to deal with is a legal protest filled with people with grievances against the government.

Watson is essentially saying Ottawa will be better prepared to expel legal protesters this time around, again despite Rolling Thunder only being scheduled for April 29 and 30. 

This all goes to show the erosion of freedom that has taken place in Canada’s capital. The very pro-establishment city has a clear aversion to outside voices wanting to criticize the way the government has disrupted their lives over the past two years. Ottawa is a city that seems very disconnected from the rest of the country in a way that is toxic to the political environment Canadians’ political representatives live in. 

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.

3 responses to “Police Are Arresting People In Ottawa For Previously Attending Freedom Convoy Protest”

  1. chris Greene says:

    The scientific illiterate faux freedom convoy was a not welcome presence in the city of Ottawa. It attracted the usual bigots and these truckers represented nobody because ninety percent of the trucker were working and vaccinated. The reactionary ideological bores made outrageous demands with their unwanted occupation and got exactly what they deserved

  2. CCW Coaltion says:

    Tell Watson to take a walk!