A Croatian MEP has confronted Justin Trudeau to his face over his handling of the trucking protests, dubbing his methods a “dictatorship of the worst kind.”
The comments were made this week by Independent MEP Mislav Kolakusic while Trudeau was on a two day trip to Belgium. They were made in response to what many saw as heavy-handed government tactics in response to the Canadian trucking protests in Ottowa earlier this year.
PM Trudeau, in recent months, under your quasi-liberal boot, Canada 🇨🇦 has become a symbol of civil rights violations. The methods we have witnessed may be liberal to you, but to many citizens around the🌎it seemed like a dictatorship of the worst kind. pic.twitter.com/FZuc6aDZ1I
— Mislav Kolakusic MEP 🇭🇷🇪🇺 (@mislavkolakusic) March 23, 2022
“Dear colleagues, dear citizens, Prime Minister Trudeau,” said Kolakusic.
“Freedom. The right to choose. The right to life. The right to health. The right to work. For many of us [these] are fundamental human rights for which millions of citizens of Europe and the world have laid down their lives.
“To defend our rights, and the rights of our children, which we have acquired over the centuries, many of us, including myself, are willing to risk our own freedom and our own lives.
“Unfortunately today, there are those among us who trample on these fundamental values.
“Canada, once a symbol of the modern world, has become a symbol of civil rights violations under your quasi-liberal boot in recent months.
“We watched how you trample women with horses. How you block the bank accounts of single parents so they can’t even pay for their children’s education and medicine. So that they can’t pay for utilities or mortgages for their homes.
He continued: “To you, these may be liberal methods.
“But for many citizens of the world, it is a dictatorship of the worst kind. Rest assured that citizens of the world united can stop any regime that wants to destroy the freedom of citizens, either by bombs or harmful pharmaceutical products.”
Trudeau drew criticism this year after his government implemented a wide ranging Covid-19 vaccine mandate, forcing many workers to either receive the jab or lose their jobs. As a result, many Ottowa truckers went on strike and organised protests, refusing to comply with the mandate.
In response, Trudeau’s government passed the Emergencies Act, which allowed police to ban protests and public gatherings, as well as freeze the bank accounts of those who supported the protest without a court order.
Police took dramatic measures against peaceful protestors, including allegedly trampling at least one elderly woman with a horse.
Video appears to show police horses trampling Canadian trucker protesters https://t.co/UqvPI1u0hz
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