While the Canadian standoff against Covid-19 restrictions paralyzes Ottawa, it’s becoming viral online as a rallying cry for leading U.S. Republican politicians, far-right influencers and white supremacist groups who have transposed the criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to an international audience for their own political gain.
Politicians from former President Donald Trump to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) have championed the nationwide protests in Canada, which began in response to Ottawa’s vaccine mandate for truckers entering Canada.
On Telegram, a social network favored by the far-right because of its lack of content moderation, groups of tens of thousands of supporters have quickly mobilized to support the Canadian protests from across the United States, European Union and farther afield, based on POLITICO’s review of these channels.
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What started as an anti-vaccine protest in Canada quickly morphed into a global movement — organized via social media and championed by far-right influencers and extremist groups. The future of global anti-Covid mobilization has arrrived 👉 https://t.co/YX6LsknRVb
— Mark Scott (@markscott82) February 7, 2022