To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular story, which was shared by CBC News (Canada), was first published on August 25, 2022.
A Canadian convoy movement embraced protests by Dutch farmers, interpreting them as allies in a global fight against an array of policies they maintain are too progressive, such as public health mandates or emission targets. However, the campaign is fed by misinformation and deliberate attempts to sow confusion about government policies in Canada and the Netherlands. It threatens to overshadow legitimate concerns that Canadian farmers have about how to grow food while also addressing climate change.
Over the summer, supporters of the Freedom Convoy movement have continued to hold anti-mandate demonstrations across the country, attracting anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred people in places like Sudbury, Ont., Acheson, Alta., and Regina.
Like the protests in Ottawa last winter, these smaller demonstrations featured big rigs, pickup trucks and honking — though they tended to last only a few hours and kept to parking lots or slow-moving convoys on highways.
But they also featured a new — and perhaps surprising — symbol: The flag of the Netherlands was being waved alongside the more familiar Maple Leaf and F–k Trudeau banners…
To read the full story on the CBC News website, please click here.