Over 90% of Canadian truck drivers are vaccinated and the truckers’ union opposes the protests since they’re costing jobs. So who’s funding this small minority of COVID protesters doing economic damage beyond their numbers?
I bet we trace this back to an Eastern European troll farm funded by Russia.
What’s unfolding in Ottawa is not a grassroots protest that has spontaneously erupted out of the frustration of local lorry drivers. Rather, it’s an astroturfed movement – one that creates an impression of widespread grassroots support where little exists – funded by a global network of highly organised far-right groups and amplified by Facebook’s misinformation machine. The drama may be centred in Canada, but what is unfolding has repercussions for us all.