Canada’s ‘freedom convoy’ protesting covid rules marched to France

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France started a version of Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ to promote their anti-covid protest. Hundreds of motorists volunteer in the protest. It was intended to remove the COVID Vaccine Pass mandate for arriving and travelling to Paris.

Streets of Canadian capital Ottawa and at least three borders crossings between Canada and the United States were jammed by the hundreds of motorists, including pickups, cars and commercial trucks.

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The rally started at several points across Canada, and the convoy converged on January 29 with a rally at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The protests began after the Justin Trudeau government mandated a COVID-19 vaccine for cross-border truck drivers who wanted to enter or leave Canada’s borders.

Associated Press stated that the convoy organizers said the protest aims to abolish the federal government’s requirements for truckers to be fully vaccinated if they want to avoid a 14-day quarantine upon re-entry from the United States.

Meanwhile, similar protests spread across the world in Argentina, New Zealand, Austria, Australia, the US, and France.

On February 10, French police warned they would prevent so-called ‘freedom convoys’ from blocking Paris as protesters against COVID-19 rules drove towards the capital.

Police said anyone who blocked the roads faced up to two years in prison, a fine of 4,500 euros ($5,140) and a three-year driving ban.

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The authorities in neighbouring Belgium also issued warnings as participants wanted to continue on February 14 2022, in Brussels, Belgium and the capital of the European Union, in what they called “European convergence”.

In light of the violence and protests, President Emmanuel Macron told the newspaper Ouest France, urging peace, “We have always defended the right to protest.

His prime minister, Jean Castex, was blunt. He said citizens have the right to protest but not to the standoff in the capital.

In light of the violence and protests, President Emmanuel Macron told the newspaper Ouest France, urging peace, “We have always defended the right to protest.

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