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“No means of escape or respite”

By January 26, 2023January 30th, 2023No Comments

At the Sept 22 public hearing, a disabled senior residing in a rooming house within the red zone shared his experience of the convoy.

“I’m a disabled senior residing in a rooming house within the red zone. People there are part of the nameless and faceless living in the downtown core of the city, our perspective of this protest was both unique and sad. We lived it within our faces every hour, every day, with little or no means of escape or respite.

Stories of protester interactions from my neighbours in my building started to surface daily. People were verbally assaulted, chased down sidewalks, harassed and verbally abused for wearing face masks. I, myself, a disabled senior had a bullhorn pointed in my face and had negative comments yelled at me about wearing a face mask and taking vaccines. I was pushed by a young protester wearing a Canadian flag as they walked down the street.

The constant noise, smoke, and often frightening horn blasts wreaked havoc on a population that is greatly impacted by mental illness. I understand that the people with better financial situations suffered under this occupation and I by no means mean to disrespect the plight that they suffered but the disadvantaged have no options for escape, none. They had no other place to go.”

You can view the full testimony here.