Excellent radio segment from @MineerBrett on the #YellowVestsCanada and #UnitedWeRoll movement’s various ties to extremism, and about holding our leaders accountable. #cdnpoli https://t.co/xY8RpVF0In— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019
I was on a business trip during the actual rally portion of the United We Roll/Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa. There was a time when I would be sorry about not being able to cover such an event since ARC was for so long one of the few sites documenting the activities of racist extremists. However with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, I had no doubt that the story would still be told.
I've asked the folks behind the Yellow Vests Canada Exposed if they would be willing to write an account of the two days. A spokesperson has agreed to do so and I hope that something will be ready to be published during the next few days. In the meantime, it appears that the convoy might have ended up as a bit of a disaster as relatively few showed up, the convoy wasn't quite as (grass roots) as claimed (some of the participants were quite literally "paid protesters), those that did include white supremacists and white nationalists, and there is now accusations by some of the participants that money raised has not been distributed leaving some struggling to find a way back home:
It would be very embarrassing for white nationalists if every Canadian saw this photo #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ZStqY3AvJE— North99 (@wearenorth99) February 22, 2019
• there’s Carritt in a yellow vest, which he supposedly isn’t— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019
• We’re inclined to think more than sour grapes. At minimum it’s pretty mismanaged.
• $40k & $140k donated to the poor destitute people to go on a road trip
• What a dick. #cdnpoli https://t.co/v0IvtmJQkG
More financial troubles, legal issues, and confirmation that some convoy participants were company-sponsored, paid protestors.— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019
Including one of the admins of Yellow Vest Rebellion, a large FB group. #SmellsLikeAstroturf #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli https://t.co/OjCtcW2YO2
Woywitka was company sponsored and is one of the admins of Yellow Vest Rebellion: #cdnpoli #YellowVestsCanada pic.twitter.com/rGYaeB5ZNs— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019
A white nationalist will be speaking at the #YellowVestsCanada rally in Toronto on Saturday because they aren't racists. #cndpoli #antifa pic.twitter.com/TNdVoo3E7M— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 21, 2019
Still, a number of high profile conservative politicians, including Scheer and Bernier, came out to support the extremists:
People are calling them "Neon Nazis"... pic.twitter.com/C8PPiJcD3P— leadnow (@leadnowca) February 20, 2019
More detail in the next few days.