Justin Trudeau called out by European politicians
Alex Luong, Staff Writer
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come under fire for enacting the Emergencies Act against the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa. Several European politicians called out the Canadian Prime Minister after his address at the European Union Parliament in Belgium. One Croatian Member of European Parliament (MEP) even went so as far to say that Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act is a symbol of human rights violations.
Trudeau’s speech to the European Parliament received condemnation from some of their MEPs for using emergency powers to help police forces disperse Freedom Convoy protesters from Ottawa.
In response to Trudeau, Croatian MEP Mislav Kolakusic says, “To you, these may be liberal methods. For many citizens of the world, it is a dictatorship of the worst kind.”
Kolakusic has also been vocal about Trudeau’s decisions on Twitter as well.
“The entire civilized world should condemn this unacceptable violence by the police and authorities in Canada.” Kolakusic tweeted. “This is not what democracy looks like, this is completely unacceptable and shocking.”
Kolakusic wasn’t the only one who had words for Trudeau. German MEP Christine Anderson called Trudeau “a disgrace for any democracy.”
“A prime minister who openly admires the Chinese basic dictatorship, who tramples on fundamental rights by persecuting and criminalizing his own citizens as terrorists just because they dared to stand up to his perverted concept of democrazy, should not be allowed to speak in this at all,” Anderson said. “Please spare us your presence.”
Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes chose to not show up at all. Instead, he states on social media that he refuses to “validate the imposition” of Trudeau. Terhes has been outspoken about the Canadian government’s treatment of the Freedom Convoy protesters.
“… the way he’s behaving right now – he’s exactly like a tyrant, like a dictator. He’s like Ceausescu in Romania,” he said in February of 2022.
With that being said, it seems like all three of these European politicians are situated somewhere in the far-right wing of politics.
Kolakusic has been reported calling the COVID-19 pandemic as a possible cold. In January of 2022, he had also addressed French President Emmanuel Macron directly.
“Today you said that you are proud there is no death penalty in Europe. Tens of thousands of citizens have died due to vaccine side effects.” He said,“Mandatory vaccinations represent death penalty and its execution for many citizens. That has to remain a choice for every citizen. Murder is murder.”
All three MEPs were also part of a small handful to protest the European COVID-19 pass back in late 2021. Six MEPs including Kolakusic, Anderson and Terhes were sanctioned for not adopting the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) to enter the European Parliament building. Kolakusic and Anderson had two days’ subsistence allowance loss and Terhes had seven.
The Freedom Convoy protest was started in response to a nation-wide mandate for all truckers to be fully vaccinated. The convoy, made up of unvaccinated truckers and civilians, traveled across Canada to congregate in Ottawa and it took a three-day police operation for the majority of the protesters to disperse. The incident cost Ottawa over $36 million CAD for food, vehicle expenses, accommodations and operation supplies.
The leaders of the convoy, Tamara Lich, Chris Barber and Pat King, are also having new charges be put against them.
Lich and Barber have a slew of charges against them. They are being jointly charged with obstructing police, counselling obstruction of police, mischief, counselling mischief, intimidation and counselling intimidation.
King now has 10 charges against him: two counts of intimidation, two counts of obstructing police, one count of disobeying a court order and one count of counselling intimidation.