ER Editor: Canada’s national day is today, July 1st. Here’s what happened yesterday, as James Topp, who finished marching across Canada from Vancouver in support of the truckers’ fight for freedom, arrived in Ottawa.
Ottawa Police violently arrest Canadians at freedom rally on the eve of Canada Day
JACK BINGHAM for LIFESITE NEWS
‘What do I have to do? I want to cooperate,’ said one man while being violently arrested.
OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Mere hours after freedom fighter and veteran James Topp completed his 4,000km march to Ottawa, where he was joined by hundreds of supporters in the capital, the city’s police descended on rally attendees making violent arrests.
“BREAKING: We have exclusive footage of Trudeau’s officers taking down protesters, picking them off one by one, and violently assaulting them. Trudeau is ruthless, and he is out for blood,” posted Conservative journalist and founder of The Counter Signal, Keean Bexte on social media.
BREAKING: We have exclusive footage of Trudeau’s officers taking down protesters, picking them off one by one, and violently assaulting them. Trudeau is ruthless, and he is out for blood. pic.twitter.com/ttFHkt9QcP
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) June 30, 2022
In the video, dozens of police officers can be seen clashing with protesters, with at least three civilians being violently pinned to the ground.
At least one officer can be seen holding a man’s face and neck to the ground as another officer punches his body. The man in the video can be seen and heard crying out in pain as at least three other officers take part in holding him down.
“What do I have to do? I want to cooperate,” says the man as the footage cuts out.
In a separate video taken by CTV News journalist Mackenzie Gray, someone who appears to be the same man can be seen being led into a police car by a collection of officers, while another man is carried completely horizontally by another group of police.
A bunch of cops just sprinted forward up the War Memorial and arrested someone.
As I was filming the arrest, you can hear Tom Marazzo telling me to move back #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/t0LSPwMGTd
— Mackenzie Gray (@Gray_Mackenzie) June 30, 2022
The Ottawa Police have since tweeted that a total of four people were arrested, and the “incidents include assaulting officers.”
La police fait face à une situation dans la région de Wellington et Elgin.
Veuillez laisser à la police l’espace nécessaire pour mener à bien sa mission en toute sécurité.
— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) June 30, 2022
Topp, who served for 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, began his march from Vancouver to Ottawa in February, after being inspired by the trucker Freedom Convoy that took place in Ottawa. He said seeing the truckers fight for Canadians’ freedoms gave him new hope and strength and faith in the working class.
Topp arrived in Ottawa June 30.
James Topp has arrived at the War Memorial in Ottawa to lots of cheering from the crowd that has gathered here #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/8aZsYR7s1n
— Mackenzie Gray (@Gray_Mackenzie) June 30, 2022
Shortly after he finished a speech to the crowd asking for no violence, police made their arrests.
This story is still developing…
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We used to live there, Radiant Angel. It’s pretty tragic.
I lived in Alaska most of my life and used to go into the Yukon Territory of Canada now and then. Had good times in Whitehorse and Dawson City but that was some 25 years ago. It’s a shame what’s happened to this once great country.