Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau tests positive for Covid and tears up anti-vaccine demonstration
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but was feeling well and would continue to work remotely from home.
Trudeau said two of his children had COVID-19 and a test on Monday revealed he had been infected with it as well. And he used a televised virtual press conference to denounce anti-vaccine protesters who filled Canada’s capital complaining about COVID restrictions.
Canadians were shocked and frankly disgusted by the behavior of some people in the nation’s capital, Trudeau said. I want to be clear. We are not intimidated by those who hurl insults and abuse at small businesses and rob the homeless. We will not give in to those who display racist flags. We will not yield to those who commit vandalism or dishonor the memory of our veterans.
Some protesters traveled in convoys of trucks and parked on the streets around Parliament Hill, blocking traffic and a smaller but significant number remained on Monday.
Over the weekend, many Canadians were outraged by images of protesters urinating on the National War Memorial and dancing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, while a number carried signs and flags with swastikas.
Many refused to wear masks in hotels, malls and grocery stores and a homeless shelter reported protesters demanded he feed them.
Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world against coronavirus injections which are primarily designed to prevent those infected from becoming seriously ill.
Protest organizers have called for all COVID-19 restrictions and vaccination mandates to be lifted and for Trudeau to step down, despite being responsible for very few restrictions, most of which were put in place by provincial governments.
The Ottawa Police Service said it is investigating possible criminal charges relating to certain actions during the protests.
For those responsible for this behavior, it must stop. To all those who joined the convoy but are rightly uncomfortable with the symbol of hatred and division displayed, join your fellow Canadians, be brave and speak out. Do not defend or with intolerance and hatred, Trudeau said.
Some were protesting a rule that came into effect Jan. 15 requiring truckers entering Canada to be fully immune to the coronavirus. The United States has imposed the same requirement on truckers entering that country, so removing it from Canada would make little difference.
Some opposition Conservative lawmakers served coffee to protesters, and Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole met with protesting truckers. The protest also drew support from former US President Donald Trump.
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