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“It had a very militaristic feel to it”

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

At the Nov 16 public hearing, Luke Lebrun, an Ottawa journalist and editor of Press Progress, shared his experience covering the convoy occupation. 

“A lot of my coverage with Press Progress ended up focusing on stuff happening in the residential neighborhoods, away from the Parliamentary Precinct and away from downtown. It even took me out into some of the rural areas where they had base camps. The base camps were one of the most surreal things that I personally experienced. You had these semi-permanent structures. There were these big canopy tents, mobile office trailers, wooden huts. They were stockpiling fuel and propane. When I went to Coventry Road, I saw them loading gas cans into trailers and it seemed that they were taking them from that site to downtown, and it was sort of part of this supply line and had a very militaristic feel to it. That is really strange. I’ve never seen any kind of G20 protests that had that level of logistical sophistication and I basically identified eight base camps during the convoy.”

You can view the full testimony here.