Canadian head of government Justin Trudeau, who was thrown with gravel during the election campaign, stated that “no one should do their job under the threat of violence.” The incident occurred in the city of London, Ontario.
Canada is campaigning ahead of the early parliamentary elections scheduled for September 20. As part of it, Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, travels around the country and meets voters.
On Monday, the head of government visited the city of London, Ontario. He met his followers and later visited a local brewery. A group of several dozen opponents of his policy, including the method of fighting the pandemic and introducing compulsory vaccinations against the coronavirus, has gathered near this place. As Trudeau, surrounded by security guards and journalists, made his way back to the parked bus, gravel flew in his direction.
Trudeau was not seriously injured. According to some reports, the gravel hit two journalists accompanying the prime minister on the route of the election campaign.
The opposition leader criticizes
On Tuesday, when asked to comment on the incident, Trudeau said the actions of the protesters were “absolutely unacceptable.” – No one should do his or her job under the threat of violence or endangering acts. But this happens not only at political rallies – he added. In an interview with journalists, the prime minister said that during the “gravel” incident he probably also had a blow on his shoulder.
The actions of opponents of the head of government were criticized by the leader of the opposition Conservative Party of Canada, Erin O’Toole, who wrote on Twitter: “It is disgusting and I condemn these actions in the strongest terms. Political violence is never justified, and our media must be free from intimidation, harassment and violence “.
Canada’s prime minister announced early elections in mid-August in hopes of securing a majority government for his party. But his campaign is being disrupted by protests from opponents of vaccination and other restrictions being introduced to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the BBC reported.
Last month, the Canadian government announced that all officials, including employees in federally regulated sectors, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October.
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