Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/19/2022

The crackdown on freedom protesters in Ottawa continues, with police successfully clearing the area immediately adjacent to Parliament Hill. More than 170 people have been arrested, among them two of the three principal leaders of the Freedom Convoy. The unarrested leader called on protesters to leave the area, saying that resisting the crackdown would not be worth it.

In other news, politicians over the age of 50 have been banned from entering the Italian parliament unless they display a “green pass”.

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Financial Crisis
» Ukraine is the Financial Waterloo of the West
 
USA
» Amazon Drops BLM From Its Charity Program
» Busted: Joy Behar Goes Maskless in NYC Eatery After Vowing to Wear Masks in Public ‘Indefinitely’
» California High School Caves After Students Stage Walkout Over Mask Mandate
» Chicago Police Nab Man Suspected in Retail Store Ransacking Spree
» Cultural Shift: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose New Gun Control Laws
» DHS Says it Scans Social Media for “Misinformation” But Not “Constitutionally Protected Speech”
» Early Morning Stabbing in Ithaca Leaves Unknown Suspect
» Hate Hoax: Black Student Confesses to Vandalizing California High School With Racist Graffiti
» Hinsdale District 86 Makes Masks Optional as Gov. JB Pritzker Takes Fight to Illinois Supreme Court
» Hosting Platform RightForge Says it Will Not Censor Legal Speech
» Jeffrey Epstein’s Pimp Jean-Luc Brunel ‘Hangs Himself Alone in Paris Jail With No CCTV’…
» LA Man Arrested 3 Times in 16 Hours Before Finally Being Held in Jail (Update)
» Majority of Americans Support Canadian Freedom Protesters: Poll
» Minnesota Protest, Looting Sparked by Kim Potter Sentencing in Daunte Wright Case: Reports
» Salt Lake Tribune Uses Hacked Freedom Convoy Fundraising List to Contact Donors, Asking Why They Donated
» San Francisco Stored Rape Victims’ DNA on Central Database to Find Criminals
» Seattle Bartender Was Slashed in the Face, Judge Released the Suspect Without Bail
» ‘Tyrants be Warned: ‘ Charlie Kirk, Students Rally Against Forced Masks in Chicago
 
Canada
» Amid Ottawa Crackdown, Toronto Police Mobilize for Larger Police Presence This Weekend
» Breaking: Elderly Woman Trampled by Mounted Police at Freedom Protest in Ottawa
» Breaking: Rebel News Journalist Injured by Police Amid Trudeau Crackdown on Freedom Protest
» Breaking: Police in Ottawa Crack Down on Freedom Protesters
» Canadian Conservative Leader Condemns ‘Communist’ Opposition NDP in Heated Parliament Debate
» Canadian City Worried Police Wearing Pro-Police Thin Blue Line Symbols
» Canadian Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland Laughs When Quizzed on Freezing of Citizen’s Bank Accounts
» Canada Wants to Make Financial Aspects of Emergencies Act Permanent
» Canadian Clergy Rebuke Trudeau for Invoking Emergencies Act, Other ‘Tyrannical Actions’
» Canadian Freedom Convoy: Ottawa Police Say Protesters’ Actions Prompted Horse-Mounted Cops to Trample Truckers
» Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protesters Clash With Police in Ottawa; Over 100 Arrested
» Elections Canada is Hiring More Investigators
» Exclusive — Single Dad Trucker: ‘It Hurts Me So Bad’ my Son Can’t Play Hockey Because He’s Unvaccinated
» Freedom Convoy Partied Into the Night on Eve of Mass Police Action
» Freedom Convoy Leader Accuses Police of Blocking Ottawa Protesters From Leaving
» Freedom Convoy Organizer Calls for Peaceful Withdrawal From Ottawa
» Freedom Convoy Leader Pat King Livestreams His Arrest on Social Media
» Justin Trudeau’s Government is Sued for Trampling on Human Rights
» Leaked RCMP Messages: “Time for the Protesters to Hear Our Jackboots on the Ground”
» Live From Ottawa: Police Continue to Move in on the Freedom Convoy
» Ottawa Community Centres Introduce COVID Vaccination Policies for Young Children
» Pastor Artur Denied Bail, What’s Next for His Legal Team?
» Pics: ‘We Told You to Leave’ — Heavily Armed Police Descend on Canadian Truckers
» RCMP Hands Over Names of Freedom Convoy Supporters to Banks, Demanding Accounts be Frozen
» RCMP Admit Sabotaging Three Excavators During Coutts Border Blockade
» Report: Canadian Troops Investigated for Supporting Trucker Protests
» Trudeau Slammed as a ‘Tyrant’ After Invoking Emergencies Act
» Trudeau and His Police Are the Unchecked Dictators of Canada
» Updates From the Freedom Convoy Protest in Ottawa
» Video: Ottawa Protesters Link Arms to Block Police
» Watch: Police Slam Student Against Wall During COVID-19 Walkout at Manitoba School
» Watch: Police in Ottawa Make Mass Arrests, Beat Protesters as Trudeau’s Crackdown Continues
» Watch: Snowboarder Claiming Medical Exemption Assaulted by Security for Not Wearing a Mask in Trudeau’s Canada
» Watch: Owner of Stella Luna Gelato Cafe Speaks Out After Being Doxxed for Donating to Freedom Convoy
» ‘We Will Remove You’ — Ottawa Police Chief to Protestors
 
Europe and the EU
» Germany’s Corona Grifters to Go After Bank Accounts of ‘Right-Wing Extremists’
» Germany’s AfD Faces More Attacks Than Any Other Party
» No Jab, No Democracy? Politicians Over 50 Banned From Entering Italy’s Parliament Without COVID Pass
» Scotland Stops Releasing Death and Hospitalisation Figures by Vax Status, Says Anti-Vaxers Misusing Them
» Video: Vox Spokesperson Slams ‘Ideological Bias’ of Top EU Court After Rule-of-Law Judgment, Defends Hungary and Poland
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israeli Doctors Scold Trudeau for Comparing Convoy Protesters to Nazis
 
Russia
» Ukraine Defense Chief Says “Low Probability” of Major Conflict With Russia, Contradicting Biden
 
Australia — Pacific
» Police Confirm Use of Controversial LRAD Device at Canberra Protest
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» France and Its Allies, Including Czechia, Are Withdrawing From Mali
 
Latin America
» Canada Condemns Harsh Sentencing of Cuban Protesters Following Sedition Convictions
» Welcome to Haiti 2.0: Now With One Billion Guns!
 
Immigration
» Trudeau Government Sets Higher Immigration Targets After Breaking Record in 2021
 
Culture Wars
» LGBTQ Activists Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Torching NYPD Van
» Trans Swimmers Win Top Places at Women’s Ivy League Swimming Championships
» US LGBTQ Population Reaches New High
» YouTube Considers Hiding the “Share” Button to Prevent “Misinformation” Spread
 

Ukraine is the Financial Waterloo of the West

The Ukraine Is The Financial Waterloo Of The West. Russia Bets On Gold And Crypto. The West Destroys Itself While Seeking Whom It Might Devour

As recounted in the 2015 film ‘The Big Short’, in 2008 (and a few years before that) people were buying houses with no money down and no job; there were literally —no— standards that they had to meet except to be able to breathe and sign the loan application. This malfeasance of oversight, business practice and the leverage thereof ultimately became a large part of the undoing of the world financial system in 2008.

Fast forward to our current era. In early 2020 the Federal Reserve disclosed …’As announced on March 15, 2020, the Board reduced reserve requirement ratios to zero percent effective March 26, 2020. This action eliminated reserve requirements for all depository institutions.’…

So starting at that point just two years ago, the banks of the United States were now able to run their business without having to satisfy the long standing reserve requirement of maintaining 10% of their deposits. They could operate with no safety net (no reserve requirement)… So just as the banks relieved individuals of the burden of meeting any criteria in order to participate in the housing market in 2008, in our current era, the Federal Reserve has relieved the depository institutions under its umbrella of maintaining a buffer to make sure they …’possess enough liquidity for withdrawals and obligations and for withstanding the impact of unforeseen market conditions.’…

In other words in 2022 it is 2008 all over again, but worse. In 2008 it was the mortgage business that was allowed act like drunken privileged teenagers who had their rich parents to bail them out via TAARP. In 2008 there was at least a reserve requirement in place to not stop the financial crisis, but it at least played a part in the mitigation of the emergency (some banks needed the money and some did not even though they took it). In 2022 there is no reserve requirement for the banks. So when things go (are going) wrong where is the provision (reserve) for ‘withstanding the impact of unseen market conditions’?

In 1929 margin requirements to buy stock were 10%; in other words $100 bought $1,000 of stock-great when stocks are going up and catastrophic on the way down. That’s why in modern times the margin requirements have typically been 50%. When moral constraints are removed from a market (like the Fed removing the banks’ reserve requirement) the outcome cannot be beneficial to the public. The US financial system is destroying itself…

           — Hat tip: JL [Return to headlines]
 

Amazon Drops BLM From Its Charity Program

Tech giant Amazon has suspended the Black Lives Matter organization from its charity program, AmazonSmile.

“Charitable organizations must meet the requirements outlined in our participation agreement to be eligible for AmazonSmile,” an Amazon representative told the Washington Examiner.

“Among other eligibility requirements, organizations are required to be in good standing in their state of incorporation and in the states and territories where they are authorized to do business. Organizations that don’t meet the requirements listed in the agreement may have their eligibility suspended or revoked. Charities can request to be reinstated once they are back in good standing.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Busted: Joy Behar Goes Maskless in NYC Eatery After Vowing to Wear Masks in Public ‘Indefinitely’

After “The View” co-host Joy Behar vowed to wear a mask in public “indefinitely,” she was photographed maskless dining in a New York City restaurant.

The Post Millennial‘s editor-in-chief Libby Emmons pointed out the hypocrisy on Twitter with pictures of Behar unmasked in a booth at the eatery with friends.

“Joy Behar said she was going to mask in public places ‘indefinitely’ because it’s just not safe. Except for last night out at this restaurant, apparently,” Emmons tweeted Friday afternoon, adding: “I hear that she also walked out of the restaurant unmasked, though her companions dutifully donned theirs.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

California High School Caves After Students Stage Walkout Over Mask Mandate

Administrators at the Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California quickly dropped a mask mandate after hundreds of students walked out on Tuesday. The walkout was staged in solidarity with students whose parents sent them to school without masks, who were subsequently dismissed from class.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago Police Nab Man Suspected in Retail Store Ransacking Spree

A suspected retail thief stole more than $20,000 in merchandise in several stores across Chicago, authorities said Friday.

Jerome Williams, 19, was arrested Thursday nearly 200 miles away from the city in Galesburg, Illinois, the Chicago Police Department said.

He is charged with five felony counts of retail theft over $300 and one count of continuing a financial crimes enterprise, police said.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Cultural Shift: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose New Gun Control Laws

Submitted by The Machine Gun Nest (TMGN).

It seems the fallout from the insanity of 2020 continues to stay in the public’s mind. Even a year out from the panic buying craziness, riots, movement to defund the police, and the election of Joe Biden, Americans seem to have a new take on gun control.

According to a new poll, 63% of Americans support enforcing current gun laws instead of passing new gun control into law.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

DHS Says it Scans Social Media for “Misinformation” But Not “Constitutionally Protected Speech”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doubling down on a recently revealed policy of tying the issue of domestic terrorism with online “misinformation,” as well as keeping an extra eye on trucker protests.

The document derived from an event that spelled all this out first appeared on February 7 as a bulletin, detailing the allegedly heightened threats the US is facing — not least because of “an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Early Morning Stabbing in Ithaca Leaves Unknown Suspect

Around 2 a.m. on Feb. 19 the victim entered a local business in Ithaca and reported that he had been stabbed.

He was stabbed in his torso and was initially uncooperative, claiming not to know where he was stabbed or who he was stabbed by.

The victim later stated he was stabbed by a black male, but gave no further description, police say, and was stabbed in the parking lot of West Village Place.

Officers were unable to locate a crime scene in that area, however.

The victim was transported to a regional trauma center and refused to cooperate further…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Hate Hoax: Black Student Confesses to Vandalizing California High School With Racist Graffiti

The Sacramento City Unified School District announced Thursday that it has identified the suspect responsible for vandalizing C.K. McClatchy High School last week with racist graffiti. On Feb. 11, an individual wrote “white” and “colored” over a school water fountain, referencing the Jim Crow era.

Mark T. Harris, the district’s race and equity monitor, told CBS13 that a black female student has confessed to the vandalism, and was caught on camera in the act. Harris said that he believes the vandalism was not a racially motivated act.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Hinsdale District 86 Makes Masks Optional as Gov. JB Pritzker Takes Fight to Illinois Supreme Court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — Governor JB Pritzker is taking the fight over school mask mandates to the Illinois Supreme Court. The move comes after an appellate court ruling cleared the way for more schools to make face coverings optional.

What the court’s decision effectively does is leave the decision on face coverings to local school officials.

The overnight ruling by an Illinois appellate court to dismiss Pritzker’s appeal involving the school mask mandate has prompted school districts, like Des Plaines District 63, to move to mask options. Other districts may also follow.

Friday night, Hinsdale District 86 revisited the mask issue in light of the appellate court ruling. In a special meeting, the board approved a motion to make masks optional.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Hosting Platform RightForge Says it Will Not Censor Legal Speech

Co-founder of internet infrastructure provider RightForge, Christopher Bedford, is committed to fighting efforts of Big Tech to censor debate and says that legal speech will not be censored on his new alternative hosting platform.

Speaking to Breitbart, Bedford explained how censorship has forced many to create a parallel internet.

“I think the Internet ought to be free,” said Bedford. “The Internet ought to be a highway essentially, that folks can use. We’re not trying to go out there and build a conservative Internet … we’re trying to build a Bill of Rights.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Jeffrey Epstein’s Pimp Jean-Luc Brunel ‘Hangs Himself Alone in Paris Jail With No CCTV’…

[…]Ghislaine Maxwell’s family ‘shocked and scared for her’ as man who procured 1,000 women for paedophile financier dies days after Andrew deal

Ghislaine Maxwell’s family have said they are ‘scared’ for her safety after Jeffrey Epstein’s French modelling agent friend Jean-Luc Brunel, who allegedly procured more than a thousand women and girls for the paedophile financier to sleep with, died today in an alleged prison suicide.

Prosecutors in Paris confirmed Brunel, who is not believed to have been on suicide watch, was found hanging in his cell in La Santé, in the south of the capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It comes days after Prince Andrew, 62, agreed to settle Virginia Roberts’s lawsuit accusing him of sex abuse after they met allegedly through Epstein and Maxwell. In the settlement, there was no admission of liability by Andrew, who has always denied the specific allegations.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

LA Man Arrested 3 Times in 16 Hours Before Finally Being Held in Jail (Update)

LA County’s emergency “zero dollar” bail order, which was put in place in April 2020 to avoid exposing people sent for pre-trial detention to COVID, is not supposed to lead to more crime. Supporters of the new system argue it’s associated with a low recidivism rate. But there are always outliers and curve-breakers among us. One of those is 47-year-old James Langdon.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Majority of Americans Support Canadian Freedom Protesters: Poll

A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports found that a majority of Americans support the Freedom Convoy protesters in Canada and believe that a similar pro-freedom movement south of the border would be “a good idea.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Minnesota Protest, Looting Sparked by Kim Potter Sentencing in Daunte Wright Case: Reports

Protesters gathered in Minneapolis on Friday evening after the sentencing of former Minnesota police Officer Kim Potter to two years in prison in the April 2021 shooting death of Daunte Wright, according to reports.

In addition, reports were emerging on social media that looting was underway at stores in Brooklyn Center, the Minneapolis suburb where Potter worked and where the death of Wright occurred.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Salt Lake Tribune Uses Hacked Freedom Convoy Fundraising List to Contact Donors, Asking Why They Donated

On Thursday, the Salt Lake Tribune joined other media outlets in using the hacked donor list of the Freedom Convoy fundraiser to contact donors and ask them why they donated.

This was not the first case of a journalist contacting the donors for a story — Canada’s state-funded CBC was also found to be doing the same.

On Sunday, crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo was hacked and the data of over 92,000 donors was stolen.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

San Francisco Stored Rape Victims’ DNA on Central Database to Find Criminals

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) uploads DNA collected from victims of sexual assault to a central database, where it is kept on file and scanned to see if it’s related to any crimes.

The surprising admission was made by District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

The practice could prevent victims from coming forward when sexually assaulted.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Seattle Bartender Was Slashed in the Face, Judge Released the Suspect Without Bail

The incident happened back at the end of December at Joe’s Bar and Grill in Seattle. Bartender Felicite Ogilvy was given the job of checking people’s vaccination cards which was mandated at the time:

“I asked him, ‘do you have your vaccination card?’ and he said ‘I’ve had the vaccine but I don’t have the card’ and I was like OK but you need to have proof of it,” Ogilvy said…

“He ended up basically saying ‘You’re picking on me,’“ Ogilvy said. “I’m not going to deal with it.’ That’s when he started getting hostile.”

A coworker came over to help defuse the escalating situation — and even a few customers — but the man wouldn’t go and fought back with a long stick. Witnesses said a sharp piece of metal was attached to the bottom end.

“He swung the stick as hard as he could at my face, so not only did it puncture me, he also slit me,” Ogilvy said.

The wound was so deep Ogilvy needed 31 stitches to close it up.

[Comment: Law professor Glenn Reynolds, knows as blogger Instapundit, says: Keep this up and you’ll get vigilantes and death squads eventually.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Tyrants be Warned: ‘ Charlie Kirk, Students Rally Against Forced Masks in Chicago

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and Illinois students hosted a rally with a standing room only crowd of 1,200 people in attendance on Wednesday night in Chicago, protesting against forced masking that has been implemented in schools in response to the Chinese coronavirus.

“We know it’s not about public health. We know it’s about control,” Kirk said on Wednesday evening at the Arcada Theatre in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, where he, Chicago-area students, and TPUSA activists gathered in protest of forced masks. Kirk spoke to a standing room only crowd of more than 1,200 people after 5,000 tickets were reserved for the event.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Amid Ottawa Crackdown, Toronto Police Mobilize for Larger Police Presence This Weekend

Toronto Police announced they are mobilizing a heavier presence in the city’s downtown area this weekend, following widespread protests across the country, and especially in Ottawa, where Ottawa Police, supported by the RCMP, Toronto Police, and Quebec provincial police (SQ).

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Elderly Woman Trampled by Mounted Police at Freedom Protest in Ottawa

Mounted police in Ottawa endeavored to clear protesters with the Freedom Convoy from the streets on Friday. Following a charge by mounted police officers into a crowd of protesters, conflicting reports have emerged as to the condition of an elderly woman who was trampled.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Rebel News Journalist Injured by Police Amid Trudeau Crackdown on Freedom Protest

Rebel News reporter Alexa Lavoie was beaten by police with a baton and shot at point-blank range with a tear gas round early Saturday morning while covering the Trudeau crackdown on the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa.

Police had moved to clear the crowd Saturday, deploying tear gas and using batons on the freedom demonstrators protesting on Parliament Hill. A baton-wielding police line formed in front of the massive protest gathered at the city center.

Lavoie was hit by police during the melee and injured, Rebel News reported.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Police in Ottawa Crack Down on Freedom Protesters

Police in Ottawa moved to clear the freedom protesters Saturday from Parliament Hill as the trucker convoy enters its fourth weekend of demonstrations.

On-the-ground footage was filmed by The Post Millennial‘s Beth Baisch.

In the early 9 o’clock hour, police poured into the Freedom Convoy protest site in the nation’s capital, while few protesters were gathered Saturday morning.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Conservative Leader Condemns ‘Communist’ Opposition NDP in Heated Parliament Debate

Canadian Conservative leader Candice Bergen and far-left New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Jagmeet Singh locked horns in the House of Commons on Thursday over the Freedom Convoy protests.

After Singh accused the protesters of attempting to overthrow the Canadian government, Bergen accused NDP lawmakers of participating in “pro-communist” marches without demonstrating any qualms about the stability of the Canadian government.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian City Worried Police Wearing Pro-Police Thin Blue Line Symbols

Local politicians in the city of Montreal have expressed concern over police officers displaying pro-police Thin Blue Line symbols during a protest last weekend.

Marikym Gaudreault, a spokesperson for Montreal’s executive committee, stated that there was concern among the local government over police wearing the symbol, which contains a thin blue line through a black and white Canadian flag.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland Laughs When Quizzed on Freezing of Citizen’s Bank Accounts

Canada has started implementing its radical and radically controversial measure under the Emergencies Act of depriving people of assets by freezing their bank accounts — a highly unusual way for a “democratic” regime to deal with political or societal dissent.

Another punitive measure against citizens targeted with this political scheme co-opting financial institutions and law enforcement will be to eventually strip protesting truckers of their insurance.

And the authorities in this country, who are these days “struggling” with protests, are doing this in a way typical of elites who show an unhealthy degree of detachment from their constituents.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canada Wants to Make Financial Aspects of Emergencies Act Permanent

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland wants to make permanent the invasive financial surveillance system introduced as part of the “Emergencies Act” to crush the civil liberties protests.

Freeland had announced the initial powers earlier this week to freeze the bank accounts of those who support the protests.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Clergy Rebuke Trudeau for Invoking Emergencies Act, Other ‘Tyrannical Actions’

A group of Canadian clergy sent an open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week rebuking him for invoking the Emergencies Act to quell the Freedom Convoy and for other actions they described as “tyrannical.”

“We are writing to you as representative pastors of Christian congregations from across the nation and as law-abiding citizens who respect the God-defined role of civil government and uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest law of our land, which recognizes the supremacy of God over all human legislation,” read the letter, which was signed by 29 clergymen and remains open for other Canadians to sign.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian Freedom Convoy: Ottawa Police Say Protesters’ Actions Prompted Horse-Mounted Cops to Trample Truckers

Police addressed the public Saturday regarding the ongoing trucker Freedom Convoy protests raging in Ottawa, Canada.

The press conference comes on the heels of mass arrests and aggravated clashes between law enforcement and the protesters, who have now grown in numbers to include not only Canadian truck drivers but also members of the public and even Americans who have traveled to join the cause.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protesters Clash With Police in Ottawa; Over 100 Arrested

Ottawa police on Friday announced the arrests of more than 100 protesters participating in demonstrations against COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates in Canada that have been ongoing for weeks.

Authorities also removed 21 vehicles in Canada’s capital on Friday night as protesters refused to vacate certain areas surrounding Parliament Hill and appeared to clash with police in videos posted online.

“You must leave,” Ottawa police said in repeated messages posted to their Twitter page in an effort to disperse protesters. “You must cease further unlawful activity and immediately remove your vehicle and/or property from all unlawful protest sites. Anyone within the unlawful protest site may be arrested.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Elections Canada is Hiring More Investigators

A new request posted to the federal government’s website for procurements, proposals and tenders indicated the agency tasked with election integrity is looking for compliance investigators.

During the 2019 election, Rebel News Commander Ezra Levant published a book called “The Libranos: What the media won’t tell you about Justin Trudeau’s corruption.”

Elections Canada alleged that Rebel News and Ezra had broken election laws by producing signs promoting a book critical of a political party during the campaign.

Elections Canada investigators subjected Ezra to an interrogation that he secretly recorded and published, embarrassing the agency.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Exclusive — Single Dad Trucker: ‘It Hurts Me So Bad’ my Son Can’t Play Hockey Because He’s Unvaccinated

Christian, a Canadian truck driver who emigrated from Romania, told Breitbart News on Friday that his son is prohibited from playing hockey with other children because he did not receive a coronavirus vaccine.

“As a single parent, it’s so hard for me to put my kid through something which I don’t believe in,” he said. “I want him to have a childhood. I want him to be free, to go play hockey, to do the right thing as a child, not to say, ‘Oh, daddy, are you going to bring me to get my vaccine?’ because he wants to play.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Freedom Convoy Partied Into the Night on Eve of Mass Police Action

Members of the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa, Canada, continued to dance, sing, and enjoy a hot tub on Thursday night as Ottawa police threatened mass police action to begin on Friday.

Police arrested two of the convoy’s most prominent leaders, Chris Barber and Tamara Lich, late on Thursday and have announced that they would not allow the protest to continue into the weekend.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Freedom Convoy Leader Accuses Police of Blocking Ottawa Protesters From Leaving

A leading organiser of the Freedom Convoy protestors in Ottawa claimed on Friday that police are surrounding protestors and conducting mass arrests, while not allowing people to leave the area peacefully.

Organiser B.J. Dichter claimed on Twitter on Friday afternoon that police forces in Ottawa were escalating the situation on the ground and not allowing protestors to peacefully leave the area.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Freedom Convoy Organizer Calls for Peaceful Withdrawal From Ottawa

One of the remaining organizers of the Freedom Convoy who hasn’t been arrested is calling on protesters to peacefully and immediately withdraw from Ottawa to avoid the heavy-handed police response.

Speaking at a press conference at the Lord Elgin hotel Saturday afternoon, Tom Marazzo said it was time for demonstrators to leave to avoid further harm.

“There isn’t anything to be gained by being brutalized by police,” Marazzo said.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Freedom Convoy Leader Pat King Livestreams His Arrest on Social Media

Freedom Convoy leader Pat King was being taken into custody during a police crackdown in Ottawa, Canada, on Friday — and he wanted the world to witness it.

King, one of several high-profile leaders of the truckers movement that has swept across Canada and captured global attention, posted video on Facebook as officers came to arrest him.

“I am being arrested by these officers right now,” King says in the video, as an officer approaches. “I am being arrested. We’ll talk to you guys soon.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Justin Trudeau’s Government is Sued for Trampling on Human Rights

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced it is suing the Canadian government for invoking the Emergencies Act, arguing the emergency powers are a violation of human rights.

CCLA executive director Noa Mendelsohn said, “Emergency powers cannot and must not be normalized.” She added that the act “seriously infringes on the Charter rights of Canadians.”

The act was approved by parliament in 1988. It was used for the first time by Trudeau’s government, with the justification that the civil liberties protests are a threat to Canada’s economy and public safety.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Leaked RCMP Messages: “Time for the Protesters to Hear Our Jackboots on the Ground”

In what appear to be authentic screenshots of the RCMP Musical Ride team currently in Ottawa to assist in the crackdown on peaceful protesters in the capital city, members brag about using brutal force.

Over the last 24 hours in Ottawa, police have deployed pepper spray and canisters on demonstrators, arrested dozens and trampled two people with horses.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Live From Ottawa: Police Continue to Move in on the Freedom Convoy

Rebel News is reporting live from Ottawa as police move in on convoy protesters.

Watch what took place in Ottawa yesterday by clicking here.

Earlier this morning we continued to see police using intimidation tactics as they stand by. You can watch our live coverage by tuning in below.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Ottawa Community Centres Introduce COVID Vaccination Policies for Young Children

Some Ottawa community centres are now requiring children as young as five to show proof of double vaccination to enrol in its programs, while one is requiring adults to have had their third shots.

The Glebe and Ottawa South community centres, as well as the Dovercourt Recreation centre, are all requiring that children born in 2016 or earlier show proof of double vaccination in order to participate in programs.

These programs include after school clubs, breakfast clubs, art and dance classes, as well as summer and March break camps.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Pastor Artur Denied Bail, What’s Next for His Legal Team?

The ongoing legal harassment that Pastor Artur Pawlowski has endured has garnered international attention. He was not the only pastor arrested in the province of Alberta, but he undeniably has the greatest notoriety of Alberta’s jailed pastors. Protests have occurred around the world in support of him, and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley even suggested that Canada should be put on a watch list for religious persecution based on one of Artur’s prior arrests.

From arbitrary, and now lapsed, health measures being enforced by unelected health bureaucrats to Soviet-style compelled sentencing from disjointed judges, it is not only Pastor Artur who has garnered attention. The notoriety of the legal system which sought to stifle his free speech and Charter rights has also grown, but their reputation on the global stage is now one of infamy.

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Pics: ‘We Told You to Leave’ — Heavily Armed Police Descend on Canadian Truckers

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police aggressively pushed back protesters, took control of some trucks and advanced toward Parliament on Saturday after arresting more than 100 people and towing away vehicles in Canada’s besieged capital. Scores of trucks left under the increasing pressure, raising authorities’ hopes for an end to the three-week protest against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Police in tactical gear quickly gained ground Saturday on the second full day of one of the biggest police enforcement actions in Canada’s history, with officers drawn from around the country. Overnight, authorities towed trucks from areas where they had taken control in Ottawa’s downtown core.

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RCMP Hands Over Names of Freedom Convoy Supporters to Banks, Demanding Accounts be Frozen

Banks have begun suspending accounts connected to people who, according to the police, are involved in supporting the Freedom Convoy protests, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described as an “illegal occupation.”

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RCMP Admit Sabotaging Three Excavators During Coutts Border Blockade

On the latest episode of Rebel Roundup, Syd Fizzard spoke to David Menzies about how RCMP sabotaged privately-owned heavy equipment during the Coutts border blockade.

Damage reportedly included the cutting of electrical and control cables.

RCMP media representatives confirmed to Rebel News that they were behind the damage.

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Report: Canadian Troops Investigated for Supporting Trucker Protests

Canadian service members taking part or voicing support for the trucker protests against vaccine mandates are being investigated, according to a Canadian news outlet.

The National Post reported this week that nine members of Canada’s military have been “identified” as either allegedly taking part in the protests or voicing support on social media, and that military police have launched two investigations.

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Trudeau Slammed as a ‘Tyrant’ After Invoking Emergencies Act

After the arrest of freedom convoy organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber Thursday night, pundits have raised red flags over the direction that Canada is headed.

Batya Ungar-Sargon said that Canada was now “officially arresting dissidents.”

“A country that considers itself a democracy arresting people for the crime of organizing a mass grassroots nonviolent protest should horrify each and every one of you,” she wrote. “Surely we can all agree on that, whatever side of this you’re on.

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Trudeau and His Police Are the Unchecked Dictators of Canada

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, we looked at the ongoing protests in Ottawa and the cancellation of Parliament.

Here’s a bit of what Ezra had to say:

“They fired the Ottawa Police chief the other day. No reasons given. I think I know why — he wasn’t prepared to get violent against peaceful protesters. So they found a cop dirty enough to do whatever Trudeau says. It’s not too hard. Promise a guy a promotion, promise him legal immunity. I mean, many of the good cops have left the force — either been fired or they removed themselves for not going along with the past two years of bullying.

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Updates From the Freedom Convoy Protest in Ottawa

Police have moved in on freedom convoy protesters in Ottawa. Many have already been arrested and there were cases of protesters being beaten and trampled.

True North’s Andrew Lawton is reporting live on the scene.

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Video: Ottawa Protesters Link Arms to Block Police

OTTAWA, Ontario — Demonstrators supporting the Freedom Convoy locked arms to block law enforcement’s advancement towards Parliament Hill on Friday.

The protesters sang Canada’s national anthem while standing in front of the police. Some shouted, “Hold the line,” “freedom,” and “peace and love.” Many wore and held Canadian flags.

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Watch: Police Slam Student Against Wall During COVID-19 Walkout at Manitoba School

A video has surfaced of an altercation between a student and an officer last Thursday morning at Steinbach Regional Secondary School during a student-led walkout against COVID-19, restrictions, including mask and vaccine mandates.

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Watch: Police in Ottawa Make Mass Arrests, Beat Protesters as Trudeau’s Crackdown Continues

In the wake of the Trudeau administration invoking emergency powers that allow the police to act outside of their normal scope, authorities are moving in on downtown Ottawa on Friday, making arrests and, in some cases, being physically violent with protestors. Ottawa police have reported that at least 70 people have been arrested thus far.

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Watch: Snowboarder Claiming Medical Exemption Assaulted by Security for Not Wearing a Mask in Trudeau’s Canada

A snowboarder at Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario, Canada, was allegedly assaulted and detained by security personnel for not wearing a face mask while boarding a chair lift. A man in a blue parka, helmet, and goggles can be seen attempted to get on a chair lift when onlookers suggest he wear a mask.

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Watch: Owner of Stella Luna Gelato Cafe Speaks Out After Being Doxxed for Donating to Freedom Convoy

The owner of Stella Luna Gelato Cafe in Ottawa joined Fox News’ Jesse Watters on Wednesday to discuss the threats she has received since being doxxed for donating to the Freedom Convoy. The harassment that ensued forced her to shutter her beloved business.

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‘We Will Remove You’ — Ottawa Police Chief to Protestors

Canadian police on Saturday (February 19) used pepper spray and stun grenades, and made dozens of arrests as they cleared demonstrators from the street in front of parliament, where they have been camping for more than three weeks to protest against pandemic restrictions.

There have been a total of 170 arrests in two days, Ottawa’s interim police chief, Steve Bell, told reporters. Police by afternoon had dispersed the main portion of the blockade in front of parliament, the prime minister’s office, and the Bank of Canada.

While defending the tactics employed by police in recent days, Bell also addressed accusations of protestors being “horse-trampled,” saying “What I can indicate is there was two members of the protesters who did collide with the horses. They fell down. They immediately got back up and started to again engage in their protest and demonstration activity.”

Bell also issued a warning to demonstrators: “So I will stand here today again and say: this demonstration is over. Go home. If you don’t go home, we will remove you from the streets.”

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Germany’s Corona Grifters to Go After Bank Accounts of ‘Right-Wing Extremists’

According to calculations by the German ifo Institute for Economic Research, the Corona pandemic has already cost 330 billion euros. “This corresponds to an economic loss totaling ten percent of economic output in 2019,” explained Ifo economic researcher Timo Wollmershäuser this week.

For comparison: The German budget in 2019 was 356,5 billion euros and the total gross domestic product of the Czech Republic was around 220 billion euros at the time.

“Without the crisis, the German economy would have grown by 1,3 percent in these years,” emphasized Wollmershäuser. The economic slump caused by the pandemic is “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s”. The consequences of the upheaval included higher national debt and poorer education. However, losses such as those in the education sector cannot yet be quantified in economic terms.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, economists had warned of long-term economic damage. A survey by the Allensbach opinion research institute recently showed that a majority of Germans were afraid of a financial and economic crisis because of Corona.

Corona grifters plan to double down

But anyone who dares to speak out about the monumental bill, is smeared as a “right-wing” agitator and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) has announced an action plan against “right-wing extremism”.

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Germany’s AfD Faces More Attacks Than Any Other Party

Of all the parties represented in the Bundestag, the AfD was attacked the most frequently in the past year, with German authorities recording 660 cases where politicians or members of the party were attacked.

The AfD released the information after obtaining it from German Federal Ministry of the Interior, following a request for the information from the AfD.

Behind AfD was the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with 617 attacks, the Greens (454), and the Social Democrats (SPD) with 445 cases. A similar picture emerges when looking at attacks on the buildings or facilities of the parties. While the AfD was a victim 120 times, this happened to the SPD 83 times, the CDU 82 times, and the Greens 67 times.

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No Jab, No Democracy? Politicians Over 50 Banned From Entering Italy’s Parliament Without COVID Pass

Italian lawmakers over the age of 50 require a coronavirus health pass in order to enter the country’s parliament, with some comparing the rules to living under the former Fascist regime.

Senator Mario Giarrusso, a former member of the Five Star Movement (M5S), is 56-years-old and spoke out about unvaccinated politicians being barred from entering parliament, , calling it “the blackest page in the history of the Republic. A page reminiscent of the expulsion from parliament of the opponents of the Fascist regime.”

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Scotland Stops Releasing Death and Hospitalisation Figures by Vax Status, Says Anti-Vaxers Misusing Them

Scottish health officials will no longer release figures on Covid deaths and hospitalisations by vaccination status as it does now, complaining that anti-vaxers are misusing the data.

Public Health Scotland (PHS), the Scottish equivalent of the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) believes that “[t]he case rates, hospitalisation rates, the death rates are very simple statistics” and that anti-vaxers are misreading them “inappropriately and sometimes wilfully”.

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Video: Vox Spokesperson Slams ‘Ideological Bias’ of Top EU Court After Rule-of-Law Judgment, Defends Hungary and Poland

The official spokesperson for Spain’s populist Vox party used his latest speech in the European Parliament to hit out at Wednesday’s judgment by the top EU court which effectively gave the European Commission the power to lawfully withhold funds due to member states it deems in violation of the bloc’s fundamental rule-of-law principles.

Speaking in Brussels, Spanish MEP Jorge Buxadé slammed the mechanism invented by the Commission to freeze payment of European funds, and accused the European Court of Justice of “ideological bias” in its rejection of Poland and Hungary’s conservative government’s objections.

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Israeli Doctors Scold Trudeau for Comparing Convoy Protesters to Nazis

A group of 23 prominent Israeli doctors and scientists has written a letter chastising Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for equating demonstrators participating in the Freedom Convoy to Nazis.

“The important fight against antisemitism should not be weaponized and directed at a legitimate civil protest which aims at restoring fundamental freedoms, to what used to be, not long ago, one of the freest countries in the world,” said the group in a letter on Friday.

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Ukraine Defense Chief Says “Low Probability” of Major Conflict With Russia, Contradicting Biden

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com

Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told parliament on Friday that there is a low probability of any major escalation with Russia. He added that Ukraine intelligence sees every move made in the area.

Tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border have been ongoing, with several Western nations repeatedly predicting a huge war. Ukraine has chided those nations for causing a panic.

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Police Confirm Use of Controversial LRAD Device at Canberra Protest

What started out at the beginning of the week as the ‘stuff of conspiracy theories’ was eventually confirmed by Police.

Australian Capital Territory Policing admitted that they did use a Long Range Acoustic Device (also known as a LRAD) during the Canberra Convoy Freedom rallies outside Parliament House.

A number of wild theories and have emerged online about how the LRAD device was used in Canberra and claims of injury, but the actual effects are well documented.

Reports are still coming in on various injuries at the protest — most relating to what looks like sunburn and heat stroke. There are also clear allergic reactions from what some speculate might be contact with chemicals.

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France and Its Allies, Including Czechia, Are Withdrawing From Mali

France, its European partners, and Canada will withdraw their troops from Mali in West Africa. Currently, they are fighting Islamist militias as part of Operation Barkhane and the Task Force Takuba. The reason behind the withdrawal is worsening diplomatic relations with the Malian junta. According to the Czech Defense Minister Jana Cernochova, Czechia will also pull its soldiers from the Takuba mission.

“Due to multiple obstructions by the Malian transitional authorities, Canada and the European States operating alongside Operation Barkhane and within the Task Force Takuba deem that the political, operational and legal conditions are no longer met to effectively continue their current military engagement in the fight against terrorism in Mali and have therefore decided to commence the coordinated withdrawal of their respective military resources dedicated to these operations from Malian territory,” the statement published by the Elysee Palace reads.

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Canada Condemns Harsh Sentencing of Cuban Protesters Following Sedition Convictions

Canada, a longtime supporter of Cuba, has made the unusual move of condemning the Communist regime and joining the United States in protest of the country’s treatment of its protesters.

On Thursday, Canada issued a harsh condemnation of the Cuban government’s sentencing of protesters who participated in anti-government rallies last July, after judges sentenced 20 protesters to two decades in prison earlier this week.

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Welcome to Haiti 2.0: Now With One Billion Guns!

In 2011 I went on a “mission trip” to visit the island nation of Haiti about a year after the earthquake that destroyed so much of the country. I wrote pretty extensively about the experience on my old blog. When I figure in airfare, the trip expenses and the money I donated both before and for years after my trip, my financial investment in Haiti comes to a couple grand.

It is more than a decade after I went on this trip and things are in some ways even worse in Haiti. Just last year Jovenel Moïse, the latest “President” of Haiti was assassinated and in October a group of 17 American missionaries with Christian Aid Ministries were kidnapped and held for ransom, before eventually escaping in December. It is a disaster that never ends, like a perpetual car crash repeated over and over.

During that decade since my trip the world, most significantly White Christians in America, has poured untold billions in aid and manhours into trying to help this country achieve some semblance of civilization. It has been in vain. The problems in Haiti are not economic or political, they are demographic…

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Trudeau Government Sets Higher Immigration Targets After Breaking Record in 2021

Liberal immigration minister Sean Fraser has introduced the government’s 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, announcing that Canada will increase immigration to 1.14% of the Canadian population by 2024, or approximately 451,000 people.

In comparison, Canada accepted more than 405,000 new permanent residents in 2021, the most in a single year in Canadian history.

The ministry said that it would develop a long-term focus on economic growth, with about 60% of admissions in the economic class.

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LGBTQ Activists Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Torching NYPD Van

A federal judge sentenced LGBTQ activists Corey Smith and Elaine Carberry to six months in prison Friday for torching an NYPD homeless outreach van.

Carberry, 38, and Smith, 26, will also have to serve six months in home confinement and pay more than $72,000 in restitution. The duo was also sentenced to 400 hours of community service, the New York Post reported.

Last year, Smith and Carberry, who both use gender-neutral pronouns, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson for setting the NYPD vehicle ablaze on July 15, 2020, near the corner of 12th Street and University Place.

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Trans Swimmers Win Top Places at Women’s Ivy League Swimming Championships

Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig, two swimmers who identify as transgender and are competing on women’s swim team have easily won big in their respective categories at the Ivy League Swimming Championships.

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US LGBTQ Population Reaches New High

The proportion of adults in the United States who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender has reached a new record high.

“The percentage of adults in the United States who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has hit a new high of 7,1 percent, double the 2012 level,” Gallup said on Thursday. Ten years ago, the LGBTQ share was 3,5 percent.

The current survey covered a total of 12 000 people. About 86 percent of people reported being heterosexual during the survey. While only 2,6 percent of older people (born between 1946 and 1964) classified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual, the figure for young adults (born between 1981 and 1996) was 10,5 percent.

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YouTube Considers Hiding the “Share” Button to Prevent “Misinformation” Spread

YouTube has revealed some of its latest plans to restrict content under the guise of battling misinformation.

In a blog post, the Google company — notorious for some of the most shocking instances of online censorship related to the pandemic and more — outlined what they see as the “next” steps along the same path.

And one of those steps now under consideration includes disabling sharing of, and linking to videos that YouTube decides contain “misinformation,” with the clear goal of “killing” their reach and visibility — this time, specifically outside YouTube itself.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/19/2022

  1. “The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced it is suing the Canadian government for invoking the Emergencies Act, arguing the emergency powers are a violation of human rights.”

    OK, Jokes over lads – Trudeau is unfit for office. He must go. The question is “how?”

    When we work that out, we can go for Biden, Macron, Johnson and all the other clowns.

    • That is the job of the opposition, instead of clowning around with “questions” they knew bloody well he will not answer, and will keep on mocking them. They can vote no confidence. Where are there any of them with cojones?

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