House Republican Introduces Bill Offering Asylum to Freedom Convoy Truckers
Close to 200 protesters have been arrested in Ottawa since Feb
Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) has announced that she is introducing a bill to grant temporary asylum to individuals involved in the Canadian trucker protests.
Herrell said in a statement on Twitter on Saturday:
“Just as we provide asylum for political prisoners, we should do the same for truckers who have been subjected to violence, had their property confiscated, and their bank accounts frozen by a government that is quickly becoming the embarrassment of the free world.”
As The Epoch Times reported:
Close to 200 protesters have been arrested in Ottawa since Feb. 18, according to police. However, there have been concerns, especially from Canada’s Conservative Party, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is flirting with tyranny in how the protests are being dealt with.
“I am introducing legislation that would temporarily grant asylum to innocent Canadian protesters who are being persecuted by their own government. We cannot be silent as our neighbors to the north are treated so badly,” Herrell added.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Canadian police took control of some trucks and advanced toward Parliament on Saturday following the arrest of over 100 people in Canada’s besieged capital.
Trucks left under pressure as authorities pushed for an end of the three-week protest against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Armed police in tactical gear began to gain ground amid one of Canada’s biggest police enforcement actions in history.
Authorities towed trucks from areas where they had taken control in Ottawa’s downtown core.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, giving the government additional powers to curb protesting and blockades.
Trudeau claimed the truckers were carrying out “illegal blockades and occupations,” which are “a threat to jobs and communities, and they cannot continue.”
Trudeau also faced backlash for comparing protesters to Nazis.
As we reported last week:
A group of top Israeli researchers and physicians condemned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for comparing a group of protesters in Ottawa to Nazis.
Almost two dozen professors and experts wrote a letter to Trudeau denouncing his comments.
The group also blasted Trudeau over his refusal to lighten “draconian” COVID-19 restrictions in light of the protests.
Trudeau threatened to freeze assets and suspend the insurance of the truckers involved in the Freedom Convoy protests.
Trudeau’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said:
“This is about following the money.”
“This is about stopping the financing of these illegal blockades.”