The Indian government has issued a travel Advisory for Indian Citizens in Canada or planning travel to Canada.
A statement on Twitter read: “Advisory for Indian Citizens in Canada or planning travel to Canada- Please take all precautions in light of the ongoing protests and public disturbance in Ottawa and other major Canadian cities. Special #Helpline for distressed Indian citizens in Canada-6137443751.”
This development comes two days after the Mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency over ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests in the Canadian capital city.
On January 29, 2022, a convoy of 2700 trucks had entered Ottawa to protest against the ‘undemocratic’ Covid-19 policies of Justin Trudeau.
They are also protesting the mandatory vaccination for truckers entering Canada through the US-Canada border.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to claim that protestors cannot stall the economy under the garb of democratic rights.
Trudeau has also vowed that the Canadian government will do everything necessary to bring the situation under control.
It is ironic that in December 2020, Trudeau tried to interfere in the internal decision-making process of the Indian government during the ‘farmer protestors’ that were supported by Khalistanis based in Canada.
Trudeau and some of his Ministers expressed ‘concern’ over the protests and claimed:
“Canada will always be ready to defend the right to peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue and that’s why we reached out to multiple means directly to Indian authorities to highlight our concerns.”
The ‘Freedom convoy’ has support from a majority section of the public including prominent people like Donald Trump Jr, Joe Rogan and comedian Russell Brand.