Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) said on Saturday that she would be introducing legislation that would grant temporary asylum to those involved in the Canadian trucker protests.
“Just as we provide asylum for political prisoners, we should do the same for truckers who have been subjected to violence, had their property confiscated, and their bank accounts frozen by a government that is quickly becoming the embarrassment of the free world,” Herrell said in a statement on Twitter.
“I am introducing legislation that would temporarily grant asylum to innocent Canadian protesters who are being persecuted by their own government. We cannot be silent as our neighbors to the north are treated so badly,” she added.
Between Friday and Saturday, officials said that 170 people were arrested in Ottawa in connection to the demonstrations that took place against COVID-19 protocol measures in Canada, The Associated Press reported.
The protests had dragged on for three weeks, but the street in front of Parliament Hill — where the majority of the demonstrations had been taking place — saw no protesters by early afternoon on Saturday, the newswire noted.
The protests had already resulted in economic consequences, including for the auto industry, with the demonstrations having blocked the Ambassad… (Read more)
Justin Trudeau’s heavy-handed crackdown against peaceful protesters in Canada is not the action of a Western Democracy, but that of an authoritarian regime like Venezuela... 1/3 https://t.co/vT74lCgOZh— Rep. Yvette Herrell (@RepHerrell) February 19, 2022
Illegal blockades and occupations are not peaceful protests – they’re a threat to jobs and communities, and they cannot continue. In the House of Commons earlier today, I joined Members of Parliament to speak about that and about the need to invoke the Emergencies Act. pic.twitter.com/h92nyP0yQs— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 18, 2022