What are the limits to peaceful protest in a democratic society? As the truckers’ convoy keeps downtown Ottawa snarled for a seventh day today, that is the question residents are asking.
It is clear the truckers won’t accomplish their goal – the removal of the vaccine mandate on their industry. It is also apparent that the Prime Minister, who has labeled them as crackpots (was well as using stronger epithets) won’t meet with their leaders to discuss their grievances.
So what’s next? Do the police move in? The city police say they don’t have the manpower, that it would take the army to move the truckers and their rigs. And it seems possible that some would not be easily removed, given that they feel the government has made no effort to listen to them.
Do we just let them sit there until they get bored and leave on their own? What does that say about the rights of downtown residents to live in peace? Or the downtown businesses whose customers are staying away in droves.
If it was your call to make, what would you do?