Freedom Convoy leader says she will be sent to prison today

Freedom Convoy leader says she will be sent to prison today

Freedom Convoy leader Tamara Leach tearfully said she expects to be sent to jail today as truckers occupying downtown Ottawa expect impending police crackdown.

Leach, a former fitness instructor from Saskatchewan, openly wept in an emotional video in front of fellow activists Wednesday night in which she accepted her fate and thanked them for their support.

“There’s a pretty good chance – well, I think it’s inevitable at the moment – but, uh, I’ll probably go somewhere tomorrow (Thursday) where I’ll eat three meals a day. And that’s okay,” she said.

“I agree with it. And I want you to know that I am not afraid. Putting her head in her hands, she added: “I’ll probably sleep at last.”

Leach, president of Freedom Convoy 2022, was a prominent but enigmatic figure in Ottawa who routinely refuses to be interviewed by the media.

Her video appeared almost like a farewell message, while imploring other activists and truckers to keep fighting.

Freedom Convoy 2022 President Tamara Leach shared an emotional video on Thursday evening, admitting she expects to be sent to jail on Thursday.

Freedom Convoy 2022 President Tamara Leach shared an emotional video on Thursday evening, admitting she expects to be sent to jail on Thursday.

Leach, seen last week talking to police liaison officers, is a prominent fundraiser and organizer of the ongoing protests in Ottawa and is demanding an end to all emergency declarations, vaccination mandates and COVID-19 restrictions.

Leach, seen last week talking to police liaison officers, is a prominent fundraiser and organizer of the ongoing protests in Ottawa and is demanding an end to all emergency declarations, vaccination mandates and COVID-19 restrictions.

She urged supporters to flood Ottawa again this weekend, after the previous weekend turned into a massive rally and party with more than 4,000 people.

Leach was either openly crying or holding back tears, even saying kind words to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during her 13-minute video posted on YouTube.

This was recorded after police handed out leaflets to truckers blockading downtown Ottawa saying they must leave the area immediately or face arrest.

This followed Trudeau’s application of the Emergency Act, which gave him new draconian powers.

Leach began, “It’s been a whole day. Not quite sure where to start.

“I really wanted to get on stage before it happened here and send a message, but I think I can do it here and maybe it will reach more people.

“It was a crazy trip. Really crazy trip.

“And I think in one of my first videos I said how proud I am of everyone.” Breaking down, she continued, “So proud of you.

“You came together in a way that I have never seen before.

“I just wanted to come back and first of all say thank you. Second, to please say that love is in your heart. Do not give up.

In a tearful message, Leach urged truckers and Freedom Convoy supporters to keep fighting, but reminded them to

In a tearful message, Leach urged truckers and Freedom Convoy supporters to keep fighting, but reminded them to “be kind” and “show respect” to the police.

On Wednesday, Ottawa police began handing out leaflets to truckers occupying downtown, demanding they leave immediately.

On Wednesday, Ottawa police began handing out leaflets to truckers occupying downtown, demanding they leave immediately.

And about Trudeau, she said: “I know our government is very unhappy, but I want you to know that Justin Trudeau has three beautiful children.

“So remember that. Looking down again with tears in her eyes, she added, “We don’t like what he’s doing, but I’ll ask you to pray for him too.”

Leach offered kind words to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and reminded supporters that he has

Leach offered kind words to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and reminded supporters that he has “three beautiful children”.

“And I’m going to ask you when you fly to the *** Trudeau sign. That [you remember] He has three children, just like me.

Confronting her emotions, she said, “So the tears I cry are not tears of sadness. These are tears that what happened and what is happening against my fellow Canadians breaks my heart.

“This breaks my heart.

“Guys, I just want you to stay strong. And I want you to continue to be united and spread love. I have to ask you, I saw people.. I can’t tell you what to do. When you see reporters on the streets, be kind and show them love…

“Show them some respect. Show respect to our police officers. Many of these men and women… are probably just trying to feed their families.”

At the end, Leach was philosophical, saying, “So tomorrow is a new day. And I’m ready. I’m not afraid. And we’re going to hold the line.

Truck horns sounded early Thursday in Ottawa as drivers prepared for police to arrive to clear their vehicles and possibly arrest them.

Canadian news station CTV showed a video of what appears to be a police staging area in a parking lot near the Ottawa airport.

The leaflet read: “You must leave this area immediately.  Anyone blocking the streets or helping others block the streets is committing a felony and you can be arrested.

The leaflet read: “You must leave this area immediately. Anyone blocking the streets or helping others block the streets is committing a felony and you can be arrested.”

Some truckers tore up the ads, while others returned them to the officers.  One told the policeman,

Some truckers tore up the ads, while others returned them to the officers. One told the policeman, “Take your trash back.”

Penalties for protesters could include a U.S. ban, revocation of commercial driver's licenses, confiscation of property, and arrest.

Penalties for protesters could include a U.S. ban, revocation of commercial driver’s licenses, confiscation of property, and arrest.

Ontario police officers walk ahead of an ongoing protest against a blockade of truckers in Ottawa Thursday.

Ontario police officers walk ahead of an ongoing protest against a blockade of truckers in Ottawa Thursday.

Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell ratcheted up the pressure on truckers, vowing, “We’re going to take back all of downtown and all the seats we’ve taken.

“We are going to remove this illegal protest. We will return our city to normal.”

He added at a meeting of the Ottawa City Council on Wednesday night: “Some of the methods that we can and are willing to legally use are different from what we are used to seeing in Ottawa. But we are ready to use them where necessary to achieve the safest outcome and restore order.”

There were noticeably more police on the streets on Thursday morning than in previous days, indicating that action is imminent.

The day before, the officers were seen distributing leaflets to truckers occupying the central part of the city, demanding to leave immediately.

The operation began at about 10:00 local time in the area of ​​the besieged parliament building.

The leaflet read: “You must leave this area immediately. Anyone blocking the streets or helping others block the streets is committing a felony and you can be arrested.

“You must stop any further illegal activities immediately or you will face charges… The people of Ottawa are being denied the lawful use, enjoyment and exploitation of their property, and you are forcing businesses to close. This is sabotage under the Criminal Code.”

Some truckers tore up the torn advertisements, while others returned them to the officers. One told the policeman, “Take your trash back.”

This happened because got an exclusive tour of one of the Freedom Convoy camps, officially known as Base Camp 3, Coventry 302.

Truck horns sounded early Thursday in Ottawa as drivers prepared for police to arrive to clear their vehicles and possibly arrest them.

Truck horns sounded early Thursday in Ottawa as drivers prepared for police to arrive to clear their vehicles and possibly arrest them.

Leach, seen during a Feb. 3 press conference, had previously stated that the convoy's departure

Leach, seen during a Feb. 3 press conference, had previously stated that the convoy’s departure “will be based on doing the right thing by the prime minister.”

Base Camp is the tented nerve center in an operation to maintain a truck blockade of downtown Ottawa.

Sprawled in a four-acre baseball stadium parking lot three miles from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, it’s largely shielded from the busy road by large trucks and pickup trucks.

Snow mounds also cover the bridgehead from prying eyes.

And it’s fair to say that what’s going on in the burgeoning tent city has been the subject of speculation ever since its first makeshift structures appeared on January 29th.

However, is now able to reveal details of the massive operation being carried out there after officials gave an exclusive tour of the camp.

In addition to an office for important planning, the camp also provides extensive logistical support to truckers and volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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