Mises Wire: 'Deceitful Accusations
'Politicians and the mainstream media are tripping over themselves to demonize the protesters.
'Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), says that the Freedom Convoy’s goal is to “overthrow the government” and that those involved are “harassing citizens, threatening people [and] assaulting people.” He also said that the convoy is “led by those that claim the superiority of the white bloodline and equate Islam to a disease.”
Ottawa city councilor Diane Deans, who is also chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board, refers to the protest as an “insurrection,” and she refers to the protesters as terrorists who are torturing local residents.
'Many people, including Ontario premier Doug Ford, are calling the protest an “occupation.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau frequently refers to protesters who are opposed to his covid policies as a small fringe group of people holding unacceptable views. So, predictably, he slammed the Ottawa protesters for “trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and our fellow citizens’ daily lives.”
'Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, wrote, “In our capital city, many people have been terrorized for more than a week…. This is sedition.”
'On February 6, the City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency, with Mayor Jim Watson describing the protest as the “the most serious emergency our city has ever faced.” Snipers have been deployed, and Ottawa police said that “60 criminal investigations were underway, mostly for mischief, theft, hate crimes and property damage.”'