A disturbing report from the CBC claims a “large number of children” are among the ‘Freedom Truckers’ in Ottawa; confirming local police have enlisted the help of local Child Support Services to assess the situation.
“Ottawa police say almost 25 per cent of the 418 trucks still involved in the ongoing demonstration downtown have children in them, which has hampered the force’s response and led to concerns about the children’s safety,” reports the CBC. “Police provided an update Tuesday afternoon where Deputy Chief Steve Bell said officers have issued more tickets, made more arrests, and launched dozens more criminal investigations during what they call an “occupation” of the downtown core, now in its 12th day.”
“In a statement to CBC, the society confirmed it is working with Ottawa police and said it has a duty to investigate allegations of abuse and whether a child may need protection,” adds the government-funded agency.
“Children are protected by their parents, OK? They’re fine. This is a perfectly peaceful protest,” said one protester. “This is wrong that we’re even suggesting taking children from their parents.”
Read the full report here.