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Ottawa protesters vowed to stay. Their counterparts elsewhere do not.

With a 12-foot-high wire fence going up around the Houses of Parliament and the mobilization of provincial police about six miles away, protest truck drivers who have occupied downtown Ottawa for weeks have been on alert. about possible police action.

Like truckers who have put up barricades in other parts of Canada, they show defiance and a firm intention to resist any attempt to disperse them. But defiance evaporated at other protest sites as law enforcement moved in, and the big question on Thursday was whether the same thing would happen in Ottawa.

Samantha Dougherty, 32, a supporter of the protest, patrolled the area around a lorry across from Parliament. She said inside the truck was her new friend Lenny Frey, who had been parked there for 20 days and had no intention of leaving.

“No one is allowed within six feet of this truck,” said Mrs. Dougherty, a whistle in one hand and a cigarette in the other. “This truck doesn’t move, passes my dead body.”

Ms. Dougherty said she met Mr. Frey at the rally and they stick together for the love of freedom. She warned anyone who came near and told Mr. Frey to keep his windows rolled up.

“This is life or death for him,” she said.

She gestured toward an SUV carrying police officers passing by, saying, “Pretty wild, huh?”

“Bring the best you have, we’re fighting for our country and they’re fighting for our jobs,” she added. “They are Trudeau’s minions.”

Another protester, Mark Fenson, 55, said any police response would be an overreaction, saying he was a drug and alcohol consultant from Petersburg, Ontario. , and has spent the past 22 months participating in anti-vaccination and anti-sanctions protests. Pointing to the castle, where there are sometimes entertainment activities for children, he said a crackdown would “go a little further than a bunch of nice castles.”

However, Mr Fenson said he would allow himself to be arrested, even though he felt Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the police had unfairly targeted protesters. He said he believes official forces are trying to implement a new world order on behalf of the global elite. “I’m not going to fight them,” he said. “I’ll deal with them in court.”

During the occupation, truckers and their supporters viewed the protests as a legitimate part of the democratic process. They say that any attempt to remove them is a violation of their rights as outlined in Charter of Rights and FreedomsCanada’s Bill of Rights.

That view has been refuted by officials, much of the public, and legal scholars, who note that the charter includes specific limits on those rights to protect other rights and national values. Government officials have repeatedly said that it is against the law for the Ottawa protesters to disrupt daily life.

However, for these protesters, it is illegal and unpatriotic for the police and Mr. Trudeau to issue emergency measures, not them or their actions. That echoes the sentiment also found among those who participated in the January 6 riots on the US Capitol, and among a number of influential right-wing commentators, like Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“It’s a game of chess between the liberties of the people and the new world order,” Fenson said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/world/canada/truckers-vow-to-stay-as-the-police-mobilize.html Ottawa protesters vowed to stay. Their counterparts elsewhere do not.

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