Following the lead of Canadian truckers in Ottawa, a growing number of trucker-inspired protests appear to be gaining momentum worldwide—with groups forming in the Netherlands, Austria, the United States, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
The Ottawa protest, known as the "Freedom Convoy," aims to do away with Canadian COVID-19 vaccine mandates that affect truckers working between the United States and Canada. On Feb. 6, the mayor of Ottawa declared an emergency, while police started making arrests and seizing the truckers' fuel.
She confirmed that after communicating with truckers via social media the two groups will converge on Wellington in the near future.
Elsewhere in Europe, Aram Lemmer, a business owner and organizer in Austria, told the outlet that he got commitments from about 2,500 vehicles to drive to Vienna, the capital, to protest against mandates. Recently, Austria passed a law that will mandate vaccinations for all eligible people aged 18 and older or they'll face hefty fines.
The decision was panned by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a group that represents the truckers.