As the Canadian Truck Convoy arrived in Ottawa over the weekend to protest Justin Trudeau’s vaccine mandates, the city quickly turned into Canada’s largest truck stop with thousands of trucks blocking traffic.
Leaders of the demonstrations vowed on Sunday to stay in the Canadian capital “as long as it takes” for the government to fold and withdraw vaccine mandates.
BJ Dichter, who is one of the organizers behind a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $8 million to support the convoy, said on Sunday their aim is to create a “logistics nightmare” for the Canadian government and force it to repeal its vaccine mandates.
“Right now, yeah, it’s really cold, but we hang in there, the days are going to get longer and we take this block party and put it into overdrive,” he said at a press conference with only certain media outlets invited.
“We’re in this one for the long haul. We don’t have a time limit.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family also left their home in Ottawa over safety concerns on Saturday.
The demonstration has grown beyond a call to end the cross-border mandate to a push to an end to all vaccine mandates nationwide, and some demonstrators have pledged to continue their protests until they are removed.
Trudeau called the protesters “a small fringe minority” during a press conference earlier this week.