Source: Julian Conradson
Police are quickly escalating the situation in Ottawa as Trudeau’s crackdown on the trucker convoy continues.
What was once an overwhelmingly peaceful protest, chalked with street hockey and bouncy castles, has become a horror show of tyranny, with police mercilessly beating people and dragging them away for refusing to leave the area.
Several crowd control measures have been employed already, including snipers on rooftops, pepper spray, and batons to try and crush the grassroots uprising that has gridlocked the city for three weeks.
Police have been making arrests and towing vehicles all day.
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Despite the massive show of force, countless protesters continue to remain in the protest area, which prompted police to break out more severe tactics. Later in the day, RCMP officers on horseback were sent in to corral the crowd.
The protesters continued their assaultive behaviour with the police line, to prevent an escalation or further injury, mounted officers were sent in to create critical space between the police line and protesters. This is done to create a safe distance. pic.twitter.com/PUIj7w1rwc— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) February 18, 2022
In some of the most shocking scenes to come out of Ottawa today, the mounted police officers began taking things into their own hands when they arrived.
In one video, several RCMP officers can be seen ramming their horses into the crowd of protesters as they clear a path for other officers.
In another video, the mounted officers can be seen taking things way too far.
A group of officers on horseback refused to stop or even slow down when they brutally trample a group of protesters who likely didn’t see them coming at all.
The officers just continue moving along as if nothing happened.
Police in Ottawa trampled protesters with horses today. pic.twitter.com/VPLX5XpDhf— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) February 18, 2022
What’s even more upsetting about the entire situation is that these officers seem to be doing much more than simply “following orders.”
Some journalists who are on the scene, like the Westphalian Times’ Marie Oaks, have reported seeing the officers “laughing” as they commit their brutal assaults.
The police in Ottawa are getting increasingly aggressive and dangerous in their tactics.— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) February 18, 2022
I've seen some police laugh as other officers beat protesters.
As of the latest update from the Ottawa Police, there have been over 100 arrests and almost 2 dozen vehicles that have been towed.
ARRESTS / ARRESTATIONS: 100+— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) February 18, 2022
VEHICLES TOWED / VEHICULES REMORQUÉS : 21
STREETS CLEARED / RUES DÉGAGÉES: Officers have successfully moved protesters past the intersection of Mackenzie Avenue on Rideau Street.#ottnews #ottnouvelles #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/EghPxgJpLY
The Ottawa office of Public Health even tweeted out a notice for people to “turn off Twitter” so that the atrocities can go unseen and be memory holed.
How much further will this go? This is Trudeau’s Tiananmen Square.
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