Canada anti-vax protest continues as vandals spark anger
A “Freedom Convoy” of trucks joined by thousands of demonstrators brought Ottawa to a virtual standstill for a second day Sunday to protest Canada’s vaccine mandates, as other sympathetic truckers blocked a border highway into the United States.
“This afternoon, a large presence of police continues throughout the downtown core and the movement of protestors and trucks continues to be managed,” the Ottawa police said in a statement.
“These high-risk situations were de-escalated and resolved with no arrests,” the authorities said, adding, however, that “police resources are fully stretched” in dealing with the obstruction, which appeared to involve hundreds of truckers.
The protest originated last week in western Canada, where dozens of truckers organized a convoy to drive from Vancouver to the Canadian capital Ottawa to demonstrate against Covid-related restrictions, particularly a recent vaccination requirement for truck drivers crossing the long US-Canada border.
Trucks began arriving in Ottawa on Friday in multiple convoys, and were joined by thousands of other anti-vaccination protesters.
In solidarity with the convergence on Ottawa, truckers Sunday staged what police described as a “complete blockage” of Highway 4 in western Canada’s Alberta province along the US border. The road is a major artery for commercial goods between the nations.
“As of right now… the port of entry remains open technically speaking, however nobody would be able to get to them except on foot,” Curtis Peters, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta, told AFP, adding that some 100 trucks were blocking the roadway.
In Ottawa, the desecration of a war memorial and harassment of some city officials and NGO volunteers sparked an angry response, and the police said they had launched “several investigations.”
“I am sickened to see protesters dance on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and desecrate the National War Memorial,” Wayne Eyre, chief of the country’s Defense Staff, said on Twitter.
“Those involved should hang their heads in shame.”
Barricades were installed Sunday to block vehicle access to the area around the war memorial, after several illegally parked vehicles were towed away.
And an organization advocating for the homeless, Shepherds of Good Hope, said its workers had been “harassed” by protesters demanding meals on a particularly cold weekend.
It said it had briefly given free meals to some demonstrators in an effort to defuse tensions, but added, “This weekend’s events have caused significant strain to our operations at an already difficult time.”
With protesters gathering, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family were moved Saturday to an undisclosed location in Ottawa, Canadian media reported.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance, a major industry group, said the vast majority of the country’s truck drivers are vaccinated. It has “strongly disapproved” of the disruption in Ottawa.
CHRISTMAS : AMUWO ODOFIN APC STAKEHOLDERS, OLORUNRINU, PLS, OLAWESTERN, AYO ADEWALE, V.O.B, HON RAUF PREACH PEACE AND TOLERANCE
Immediately past Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Comrade Ayodele Adewale has admonished Nigerians and Amuwo Odofin residents to respect constituted authorities and be their brothers’ keepers in words and deeds.
In a Christmas message made available to the media on Saturday, Com Ayodele rejoiced with Nigerians, particularly Christians, on this year’s celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
He noted that it was very appropriate for citizens to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Lagos State Organizing Secretary recalled that during His earthly sojourn, Jesus Christ repeatedly reminded his disciples and followers of the peace that comes in the midst of trials and tribulations on earth. “There is no better time than now in our nation’s history and indeed Lagos State to pray for divine guidance to get over our current challenges at the local and federal levels.
“We can have peace in Nigeria if we all learn to tolerate and appreciate one another, respect constituted authorities; and be our brothers’ keepers in word and deeds,” he stated.
Adewale further called for special prayers for all the nation’s heroic citizens who paid the supreme price to restore peace and security in the North-East and other flashpoints in the country. He assured that his immediate priority as a State Exco is to galvanize all party programs towards stimulating it’s implementation at all levels in Lagos State.
Prince Lanre Sanusi popularly called PLS, in a recent viral video, also felicitated with the Christian faithfuls in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency.
Sanusi in a statement urged Nigerians to use the Yuletide to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasises selflessness, piety, brotherly kindness and love towards one another.
PLS an House of Representatives hopeful reiterated his commitment at ensuring that Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency regains its pride among the comity of Federal Constituencies through relevant and timely legislations come 2023. The Awori-born of Lagos State said the nation could only be out of the woods when the citizenry resonate the teachings of Christ.
“This is the season of love and forgiveness. It should not be seen only as just a merrymaking period but as a time to pray fervently for a peaceful and prosperous nation. As a nation, we have passed through series of challenges but the fact remains that we can only surmount our economic crisis if we stay united, extend hands of fellowship to one another and be law-abiding. “We must also rededicate ourselves to the ennobling virtues of faith in God, love for one another, honesty and peaceful coexistence. It is time to make these virtues more evident and practical in our daily lives,” PLS stated.
The Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Hon. Valentine Buraimoh (V.O.B), in his message sighted by Push News 24 International, urged Christians to walk in Christ’s footsteps of love and peace towards one another, their neighbours and to humanity as a whole.
The number one citizen of Amuwo Odofin noted that faithful adherence to the virtues of Jesus Christ, including love, unity, sacrifice and peaceful coexistence, which constitute the fundamental ingredients for development of any nation, will lead to the growth and stability of Nigeria. While wishing Amuwo Odofin residents a happy celebration, VOB assured them that the elected Government under his leadership is working tirelessly to ensure that the promises in the Change Agenda are delivered for the benefit of all Nigerians in the shortest possible time.
In the same vein, Honourable Ola Folorunsho popularly called (OlaWestern), urged Amuwo Odofin residents to remain united in the spirit of the Yuletide. He equally urged them to emulate the life of Christ and eschew violence and corruption that is capable of bringing the country down.
In the goodwill message personally signed by the 2023 Lagos State Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1 Aspirant, OlaWestern, also asked Lagosians to always strive towards doing things that would further strengthen the unity of the State.
The philanthropist turned politician said the character of Jesus Christ, who is the main reason for the celebrations, should reflect in the life of every Christian.
“this period also calls for unity of purpose among Nigerians, citizens should be their brother’s keeper at all times.”
OlaWestern noted that Nigeria is passing through a lot at the moment but that with the prayers of the citizens and their support, the leaders would be able to provide good direction.
Similarly, former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Constituency 1, Amuwo Odofin, Hon Dipo OLORUNRINU aka Talk-and-Do, has congratulated all Nigerian Christians as they celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
In a message sighted online by Push News 24 International, the former Amuwo Odofin Chairmanship aspirant urged Christians to reflect on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which entails love for neighbour, peaceful coexistence, and loyalty to constituted authority.
“On behalf of my family, supporters and constituents, I wish to sincerely congratulate all our Christian brothers and sisters in Amuwo Odofin on the celebration of the feast of Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
“As you celebrate, continue to pray for Amuwo Odofin LGA and reflect on the life of Jesus Christ, his humility, sacrifice, love for neighbour and loyalty to God and constituted authority,” he said.
Talk-and-Do further assured his teaming supporters to remain in solidarity as the mandate of the people will be restored in due time regardless of any delays or denial.
Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 2 (Oriade LCDA), Hon Wale Rauf, had called on Nigerians to use the celebration of the Christmas to be Peace Ambassadors, as the country is in serious need of continuous peace advocacy.
Rauf made this call in his Christmas Message to his constituents in Oriade LCDA, Constituency 2. In a statement he pointed out that though the country maybe facing serious challenges, especially on issues of security, and rising cost of living standard, there is still the need for all to pursue peace in their activities, knowing that the birth of Jesus Christ was to ensure humanity is saved and live in peace.
According to him, “We can overcome most of our challenges if we all fight the cause of a peaceful living, and association, as we are of God.”
We know that Christ came to bring salvation to the world. He came to redeem us. And in redeeming us, we must also show to our neighbours, that same love God showed to us, when he sent his only son for our sake to the world.”
“I know we are facing challenges from different fronts. Challenges of insecurity, COVID-19 pandemic with the continuous mutation of the virus to different strains, high rise in living standard, I however urge you not to loose hope, but trust that God who sent his only son for our sake, will not abandon us.”
The Lagos State government is doing everything possible to ensure a better Lagos, hence, we all need to support the State in this effort”
“We must therefore continue to preach peace where ever we find ourselves. We must be peace ambassadors through our works and deeds, knowing that Christmas is a period of Love, and Peace Building.’ Rauf said.