According to CBC reports, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, along with his family, left their home in Ottawa and headed to a secret location.
His physical move came amid security concerns while thousands poured to the nation’s capital on Saturday in droves of truckers who were protesting vaccine mandates.
The prime minister’s office noted that it will not be commenting on Trudeau’s location for his own security. In 2020, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was carrying a gun slammed his vehicle into the gates of Rideau Hall, where the Trudeaus reside, in the effort to reach the prime minister.
Trudeau has previously condemned the growing anti-mandate movement that is taking place in the country, saying it is contrary to public health guidance as well as Canadian values of kindness.
“The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other, who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values, as a country,” Trudeau had previously said.
For several days, truckers have been travelling in a group in order to protest new rules in the country that require proof of vaccination for drivers operating between Canada and the United States.
The movement has grown to include general protests against pandemic restrictions as a whole. So far, there have not been any “incidents to report” of violence occurring as a result of the convoy, which many feared would take place.
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