Top Canadian defense officials condemn protesters dancing on the tomb of the unknown soldier

Canada’s defense chief says he is “sick” of watching a video of people dancing on the tomb of the unknown soldier during the “Freedom Convoy” protest in downtown Ottawa.

A video on Twitter showed a person jumping on the grave of the unknown soldier at the National War Memorial and shouting “Freedom”. The incident was filmed as thousands of people gathered in downtown Ottawa to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other public health restrictions.

“I am sick of seeing protesters dancing on the grave of the unknown soldier and desecrating the National War Memorial,” General Wayne Eyre said in a Twitter message. “Generations of Canadians have fought and died for our rights, including freedom of speech, but not this. Those involved should hang their heads in shame.”

Defense Secretary Anita Anand called some of the behavior at the National War Memorial “beyond reprehensible”.

“The tomb of the unknown soldier and the National War Memorial are sacred sites for our country. I urge all Canadians to treat them with solemnity, out of respect for those who have fought and died for Canada,” Anand said on Twitter.

“The Royal Canadian Legion strongly condemns the shocking actions of protesters who stormed the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Saturday,” President Bruce Julian said in a statement.

“They jumped on the tomb of the unknown soldier and parked vehicles on the surrounding grounds. This sacred memorial site commemorates those who fought and fell for precisely the freedoms that give people in Canada the right to protest peacefully. We are appalled and saddened by this. obvious lack of respect. “

Early Saturday morning, several vehicles were parked at the National War Memorial before being moved by Ottawa police.

“Several vehicles parked at the National War Memorial this morning and were immediately towed,” police said in a statement. “Cars are not allowed to park and people will not be allowed to desecrate the memorial.”

Down Wellington Street, someone placed a Canada flag on the head of the statue of Terry Fox.

“I thought it was reprehensible that people put anti-mask signs and turned Canadian flags upside down at the Terry Fox statue,” Mayor Jim Watson said in an interview on CTV News Channel.

“We have video of people dancing on a grave of the unknown soldier; we had to pull people away who were parked at the National War Monument. This kind of behavior sets back any positive movements or support that this meeting could Garden.”

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole posted a statement on Twitter about the events at the Terry Fox statue and the National War Memorial during Saturday’s demonstrations.

“I support the right to peaceful protest, but it should not be confused with the blatant lack of respect for the men and women who have served, inspired and protected our country,” O’Toole said Saturday night.

“The people who desecrate these memorials should be ashamed, and their behavior undermines the brave Canadians who have sacrificed themselves for our country.”

Canada’s Private Motor Truck Council issued a statement condemning people who stood on the grave of the unknown soldier and desecrated a statue of Terry Fox, “on the strongest possible terms.”

“These individuals do not represent the trucking industry or the Canadians! They should be ashamed! The trucking community does not stand by or for the actions of a few disrespectful individuals who act in such a disrespectful and disgraceful manner,” said President Mike Millian.

“These actions in no way reflect the vast majority of men and women in the trucking industry and have no place in any protest from proud and respectful Canadians.”

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