Justin Trudeau's Covid restrictions 'left police threatening to arrest people for walking down the street'

Freedom Convoy protestors lined the streets earlier this year to show their dismay at the country's vaccine requirements

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Justin Trudeau’s Covid-19 restrictions “left police threatening to arrest people for walking down the street” a journalist has told Mark Steyn.

Freedom Convoy protestors lined the streets in the city of Ottawa for weeks earlier this year to argue against a vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers implemented by the Canadian Government.

But the protests turned nasty when the Government declared Canada’s first national public order emergency in more than 50 years.

Mark Steyn and Andrew Lawton
Mark Steyn and Andrew Lawton
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Police subsequently arrived at the scene and began arresting protestors.

Earlier that week, Mr Trudeau said: “It is high time that these illegal and dangerous activities stop.”

Speaking on GB News’ Mark Steyn, True North Journalist Andrew Lawton, who was at the protests, explained the situation from the scene.

Mr Lawton said: “These police officers that we saw, unmarked, you couldn’t tell which force a lot of them came from because they were importing police officers from all over the country, from across the river in Quebec, from cities across Ontario.

“And they were completely anonymised in how they were in how they were which for a lot of them was probably to their credit because I know privately a lot of police officers were supporting the convoy and some have been reprimanded for saying as much publicly.

“It was quite chilling that this government said we respect your right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly was threatening to arrest you for daring to walk down the street

“Even if you weren’t protesting, at a certain point when they have invoked that emergencies act, if you were walking down the street in Ottawa, you could be stopped by police, you could be harassed and you could be arrested.

“I wasn’t arrested but I was threatened with arrest if I didn’t prove something that had a reason to be there in the officer’s opinion.”