Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been pelted by rocks while on a campaign stop Monday ahead of Canada’s general election. The incident took place in London, Ontario – with the Canadian leader later confirming he believes he was hit on the shoulder. The inbound objects were widely described as “small rocks”.
Video shows him being pushed onto a bus by his aides to escape a large and unruly group of protesters angry at his vaccine mandate policies, which include required Covid vaccines for all workers in federally regulated industries, as well as for any citizen to travel by rail, public bus, or commercial flight.
Though there were no injuries reported from the stone throwing incident, at least two others traveling on a media bus were hit by the rocks as well.
According to the BBC, Trudeau’s recent political rally stops have been marred by unusually aggressive crowds protesting Canada’s stringent Covid vaccine and prior lockdown policies. “Mr Trudeau called a snap election in mid-August, in the hope of gaining a majority government for his left-of-centre Liberal party. But his campaign has been disrupted by demonstrations against Covid-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions,” the report says.
“Just over a week ago, the prime minister was forced to cancel an election rally after a crowd of angry protesters ambushed the event,” BBC continues.
Other political leaders condemned what they called “political violence” and an alarming atmosphere of “intimidation, harassment, and violence.” This despite the rocks appearing so small in size as to likely not able to hurt anyone.
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