After more than two weeks, the blockade at Coutts, Alberta, a United States border crossing, to rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for truckers and broader pandemic health restrictions ended today.
Trucks, tractors, trailers, and vehicles decided to clear out after Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized a cache of weapons and made a series of arrests on Monday after police launched a raid on a smaller group within the larger protest. Protesters have made it clear they have are not associated with the smaller group.
A video posted to social media showed RCMP members shaking hands with and hugging protesters. People holding hats or hands to their chests or arms draped across each other’s shoulders sang “O Canada.”
In a moment of solidarity with the people, police officers greet, shake hands, and hug the truckers and citizens of the Coutts blockade who stopped traffic for eighteen consecutive days.
WATCH: In the video below tweeted by @SydFizzard, the peaceful protester is asked any last notes he wanted to add.
…..”We’re leaving Coutts, but we’re not leaving our fight.”
Trucker: “I believe we made a big impact around the nation, around the world. It’s too bad that our government officials aren’t listening. It’s too bad we have to use these kinds of tactics and these kinds of measures to be heard, to be recognized and noticed because it’s not in our nature to be having to do that—to go against government orders and critical infrastructure to do it. But we felt in the last two years the unlawful actions that the government has taken was also against—rules and rights, against the charter rights. I believe I can feel at peace with what we did. I can justify it, and I hope that we are going to get some response out of it, and I hope the world continues to fight against these illegal and unlawful mandates.”
Reporter: “And of course, that fight, I mean everything I’ve seen has been entirely peaceful, and that was the same reason why you guys kinda packed up because you didn’t want any violence to be seen or propagated, and that’s seemingly why you guys took off right?”
Trucker: “One hundred percent, after that group, we found out that group had infiltrated into here we wanted no part of that. That was not our motto. We came in peace. We want to leave in peace. We had no idea what that group was capable of. We still don’t, but we just felt that in case police came onto us, we didn’t know what the repercussions from that could have come from that other group, but we wanted no affiliation with that, and that’s not the message we want to leave. We want to show the world that we are peace-loving citizens, but we want our rights and freedoms back, and we can hope that we can do that in a peaceful and loving way.”
Once the convoy decided to leave peacefully, they announced their decision, thanked people for their prayers, invited others to join on their last night as they wrapped things up in a peaceful way.
The Coutts convoy is rolling out, and police have a checkpoint set up where they’re checking driver’s licenses and license plates.
The locals of Coutts may have had to deal with a few disruptions in their lives due to the protest, but the protesters did their best to give back as they left town.
Leftover food donations given to the blockade supporters were loaded into trucks and given out to the locals of Coutts.
These peaceful patriotic protestors came seeking freedom from mandates in Canada yet managed to inspire, motivate, and even heal patriots around the world. Many may not realize, because it cannot be clearly measured, but the negative emotional damages that have been done to many individuals in the past two years have been undone in these past two weeks.
God Bless the Canadian Patriots!
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