i am all for healthy debate about the occupation here in Ottawa but i have noticed that those who question the use of the Emergency Act do not seem to acknowledge the influence, both financial and organizational of the far right, of white supremacists & hate groups.
the organizers wanted to overthrow the government & murder the PM. they are part of hate groups that have used a variety of techniques to radicalize and spread their hate. there were blockades in other parts of Canada, those with an arsenal of weapons in Alberta had ties to the organizers in Ottawa. Ottawa police & OPP had done nothing - abandoning us here. people, especially the vulnerable were harassed, taunted & beaten by members of the occupation. occupiers used trucks. there were flags of hate. they wouldn't tolerate anyone wearing masks.
it's fine to say noise and blockages are part of standard protests, but these were attempts to deliberately hurt the vulnerable and those who simply want to protect themselves & others against a deadly & contagious disease. the hate groups are using dissatisfaction to sew their seeds of hate & gain power. this is happening around the world. unless the far right extremist power techniques are dealt with, we are doomed to their constant & increasing intimidation & brutality. the Cons' flirtation or worse with the far right is a dangerous trend that will usher in the likes of 45 & his coterie of white supremacists into positions of power here. we must do everything we can to stop this. citizens in Ottawa had to take things into their own hands & if governments don't act to prevent hate, citizens everywhere will be forced to do so. all i see coming is violence & insurrection attempts. now we have to live here in Ottawa with an increased police presence & that is awful. these occupiers have taken away the freedom of the collective based on the brain washing they have received by being radicalized by white supremacists from the USA where capitalism is king. Canada has a history & ongoing racist practices & attitudes. put these together & we have an increasing volatility & no protection for the vulnerable.
i am not ok. we have nothing to celebrate. we have to have an inquiry into why Ottawans were left to fend for ourselves or be harrassed & intimidated, why people just trying to get to work were forced to stay home out of fear & intimidation, why businesses barely able to eek by since this pandemic & lack of government help during it have happened, we're broken as a society, as a country, as a city.
we have an opportunistic mayor who used the occupation's mayhem as an opportunity to plant his anti-urban, pro development allies as members of police services, then proceeded to negotiate with one of the occupation's organizers, which is disgusting. he needs to resign. i see strong voices & leaders that are going to need to step up in Ottawa, but i don't see any kind of leadership in Ontario or federally with eyes open - our main duty right now needs to be to fight hate.
the right are waging war but the left & moderates don't understand this, or refuse to take it seriously. we have never been a peaceful country. ask Indigenous people. what we have been is a country of "kind" people who close their eyes to racism & hate & spout rhetoric.
these occupiers sang the anthem & had Cdn flags. this kind of nationalistic fervour is the first sign of supremacist beliefs. we had Christian churches supporting the occupiers with food & money. we have to understand & do something about their role in all of this. we have farmers in nearby rural areas giving the occupiers land & support. these camps need to be dealt with & the farmers who aided & abeted this occupation need to be arrested & put in jail.
we need to fight hate.