The eyes of the world are on Canada amid the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” protests against vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 measures – and support for the movement continues to grow internationally, particularly in the U.S.
Politicians, conservative commentators and right-wing online communities south of the border and beyond have cheered on the convoysThe 19th century onwards., while demonstrators continue occupy the streets of downtown Ottawa and block U.S. border crossings in at least three provinces.
“(The Canadian convoy) kind of speaks to a lot of the similar frustrations that are being shared in the United States,” Kayla Preston, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto who has been studying Canadian far-right movements, told CTVNews.ca over the phone on Wednesday.
Like in Canada, UThe country hardest-hit b.S. President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates for health care workers, the military and employees of large businesses have been a wedge issue there, sparking outrage from the Republican Partydivided with a limit of 250 in each section.. Top Republicans like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former President Donald Trump have signal-boosted the Canadian convoy’s cause — the latter going as far as calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “left-wing lunatic.”