A full-blown crackdown against the truckers and the protesters has begun in Ottawa. Police have cordoned off the area around Parliament Hill and are methodically tightening the perimeter, arresting people who don’t leave voluntarily and towing away the parked vehicles. The towing companies employed by the police have covered the logos on their trucks, and the drivers are wearing ski masks or other face coverings so they can’t be identified.
Gates of Vienna is not a breaking news blog, so I haven’t tried to keep up with minute-by-minute posting on what’s going on. Since he lives right there in Ottawa, Vlad Tepes is the best place to go for the latest information.
There were several live-stream reports running earlier today in Ottawa, but YouTube has been jamming or disabling them. I’m not sure what’s currently available. There was also a live feed on Twitter.
The two videos below are already out of date 24-48 hours after they were uploaded. They represent the calm before the storm, between when Justin “Baby Doc” Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act and the beginning of the final crackdown.
The first video (on 3Speak, where it can’t be taken down) provides a street-level view of what the protest on Parliament Hill looked like two days ago. See if you can spot the racists, misogynists, homophobes, Nazis, Confederate sympathizers, and other types of deplorable people holding unacceptable views.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
The second video is a Fox News report featuring an interview the owner of a gelato café in Ottawa who was doxxed after contributing money through GiveSendGo to the truckers. She had to close her business temporarily due to threats of violence:
I don’t know how the situation will shake out in the long term, but my intuition tells me that Baby Doc’s political career will be drawing to a close fairly soon.
His declaration of war against the truckers will have downstream economic and social effects that are hard to predict. The removal of a significant number of rigs from service will further damage an already degraded supply chain. And what will happen if thousands of children are taken away from their dissident parents, as the regime has threatened to do?
Another interesting possible consequence is a run on the banks. The day before yesterday five of the six major banks in Canada went offline for a number of hours, preventing customers from accessing their accounts via ATM or online banking. There is some speculation that the banks were forced to shut down due to huge numbers of withdrawals by citizens attempting to rescue their money before their accounts were frozen, as ordered by the regime. It’s not yet clear how much of a ripple effect this has had on the international banking system.