A truck driver in Canada who was caught on video being beaten by Ottawa police as he lay on the ground surrendering for arrest said: “They broke my body a bit, but not my spirit.”
Chaba Veasey, a Romanian-born driver who has lived in Canada for 20 years, spoke to Fox News host Tucker Carlson about his brutal arrest.
“So they dragged me inside, put me on my stomach, and I don’t… I don’t remember how many people were on top of me,” said Veasey, who has spent the past three weeks protesting COVID-19. mandates in the Canadian capital.
“They squeezed me slowly, slowly. I felt like I was beaten, but I took it like a man,” he continued.
“They broke my body a little, but not my spirit.”
Late Monday, Canadian lawmakers voted to expand emergency powers that police could use to crack down on any potential reopening of the blockade by those who oppose COVID-19 restrictions.
The vote in the House of Commons was 185 to 151 to confirm the powers that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held to help end the blockade of the Canadian capital.
Chaba Veasey spoke to Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night about his arrest by Canadian police during a truckers protest.
This video footage shows one of the many beatings by police in Ottawa during the government’s ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrators. He was shot this morning by a passerby named Brian Canabrowski. pic.twitter.com/3ypeTb8lc4
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Veasey, a 20-year-old Canadian resident, is pictured near his truck before he was arrested.
Trudeau told reporters his government still needs temporary emergency powers, citing “real concerns” about threats in the coming days.
“The state of emergency has not ended. There are still serious concerns about the days ahead,” Trudeau said.
Some members of the official opposition Conservative Party accuse Trudeau of abusing his powers. Lawmaker Dean Ellison condemned what he called “authoritarian military action” against the protesters.
The footage from the weekend supports some of these claims, as Veasey can be seen in his truck talking to a police officer.
The officer and Veasey seem to agree that Veasey will be arrested.
The footage shows Veasey pinned to the ground by at least three officers in the snow and repeatedly kneeled by police.
Carlson asked Veezy on Monday night if he was resisting arrest.
“No, sir, not at all,” Veasey said.
“I got off the truck, I fell right on my knee.
“I put my hands behind my head.
“And I was waiting to be picked up.
Veasey said the policeman told him to “come back”, but Veasey replied that he was the rig driver.
“Then someone screamed, arrest him, arrest him.
Canadian police officers clashed with protesters in Ottawa on Saturday, using pepper spray to drive them away.
Police push back protesters as they move to end Friday’s protest.
On Monday, the Ottawa police stand at the fence protecting the “safe zone”.
Veasey told Carlson that he was amazed at how Trudeau’s forces were cracking down on the protests.
“I moved to Canada – everything was great,” Vesey said.
“People talking to you on the street, not knowing you, they ask: “Hi, how are you?” I have never experienced such things before.
“That’s why I was so happy. I said oh my god this is so cute. Everything was amazing”.
Veasey said the pandemic and restrictions – Trudeau has led some of the most stringent lockdowns in the world – have made Canada an unpleasant place.
“I can say that for the last two years it is no longer possible to live here,” Vesey said.
Ottawa police arrested 170 people on Friday and Saturday when they cordoned off the area around Parliament Hill, calling it a “safe zone” and keeping out those who don’t live or work there.
Those in the area were repeatedly asked to leave, and when they failed to do so, the Ottawa Police moved in to arrest those who remained, sometimes using pepper spray and police horses.
By Saturday afternoon, protesters had withdrawn from the street in front of Parliament Hill, where government offices are located, including the parliament buildings that were the focus of the protests. Since the end of last month, it has been occupied by protesters and their trucks, turning into a carnival on weekends.
Tow truck operators in neon green ski masks, with stickers from their companies taped to their trucks to hide their identities, arrived with a police escort and began removing hundreds of large trucks, campers and other vehicles parked shoulder to shoulder outside the parliament. On Friday, police kicked in the door of at least one tourist before taking him away.
The crackdown on the self-proclaimed “Freedom Convoy” began Friday morning as hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear and some with automatic weapons, entered the protest area and began leading handcuffed demonstrators through the snow-covered streets, with dissenting truckers roaring their horns. . .
The capital and its paralyzed streets represented the last major stronghold of the movement after weeks of demonstrations and blockades that closed US border crossings and were one of Trudeau’s biggest challenges.
They also damaged Canada’s reputation for civility, with some blaming American influence.
The freedom convoy demonstrations initially focused on Canada’s demands to vaccinate truckers entering the country, but soon turned into a broad attack on COVID-19 precautions and the Trudeau government.