Canadian protester: Came to give truckers ‘love, help’
Canadian contractor Danick Venne says he joined the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa to help serve food, pick up trash and ‘give love to everybody.’
In the early morning hours on Friday, Ottawa’s Ambassador Bridge was quiet, with not many people in sight. Instead, the low hums of semi-trucks gently rattled the streets surrounding Canada’s Parliament.
The Freedom Convoy has gained strength and numbers since the movement started nearly three weeks ago by Canadian truckers protesting the country’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
"One of the main reasons is for kids, and also for all the injustice that we've been living for the past two years," protester and contractor Danick Venne told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock.
"I’m sick and tired of people trying to tell me they can vaccinate my children without my permission," a truck driver named David added. "I’m sick and tired of them canceling school when there’s no reason for it."
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David said the campaign is bigger than truckers' rights: "We haven’t even gotten started about the carbon tax that’s killing the trucking industry."
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Although he’s not a truck driver himself, Venne said he traveled to volunteer for the cause, providing security, food, coffee, fuel, even helping to build a tall, wooden podium so voices can be heard loud and clear.
"I come here and volunteer and give help and love to everybody," Venne explained.
Behind Venne stood red and white painted signs that read, "Canada loves truckers," "Freedom Heroes," and "One Love."
"Every time I have spare time, I go help," Venne said. "I go serve coffee if I can, or anything I will do to help."
While the Freedom Convoy protesters share a passionate, communal spirit, their ongoing bridge blockade is starting to create economic problems.
Ford and Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, say the four-day standstill on the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to the city of Windsor, Ontario, will pile more problems onto an already-strained supply chain.