Disturbing scenes from Ontario, Canada have dominated the social media space over the weekend, as heavily armed police began forcefully arresting peaceful protesters in Ottawa.
The demonstrators, all part of the “Freedom Convoy” protesting against overreaching government vaccine and quarantine rules, have been trying to draw attention to their plight by simply parking their tractor trailers on the streets of the Canadian capital. The Canadian government quickly worked to vilify the change-seekers by whisking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau off to a “secret, secure location”, despite there being no evidence of any threat from the protest whatsoever.
Then the media began calling the peaceful demonstration a “siege”, prompting police to violently begin mass arrests.
The ugly, authoritarian scene has now prompted American truckers to protest in solidarity with their northern counterparts, and this has the Biden administration preemptively locking down the Capitol.
Security officials will reinstall fencing around the Capitol next week ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union address, Fox News can confirm.Trending:
U.S. Capitol Police are bracing for a potential “Freedom Convoy” truck protest to Washington D.C. for the March 1 speech. “Freedom Convoy” truckers have been protesting in Canada for weeks against coronavirus restrictions and vaccine mandates and caused a temporary blockade of the busy Ambassador Bridge border crossing between Windsor and Detroit.
Authorities released a statement this week.
Capitol Police say they are “aware” of similar protests coming to Washington D.C. and are making plans to both “facilitate” First Amendment protest activity while working with law enforcement agencies and the D.C. National Guard to prepare for Biden’s address.
“The United States Capitol Police and the United States Secret Service have been closely working together to plan for the upcoming State of the Union,” the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement Friday.
The optics of locking down the Capitol ahead of a peaceful demonstration are clear, and will help the Biden administration vilify these peaceful protesters should they arrive in DC in the coming weeks.