Last Updated on February 20, 2022
Cristian Terheș of Romania, who currently serves as a member of the European Parliament, condemned Justin Trudeau and his government’s brutal protest crackdown during a speech on Sunday. “The prime minister of Canada, the way he’s behaving right now – he’s exactly like a tyrant, like a dictator. He’s like Ceaușescu in Romania,” Terheș said. His remarks come after Ottawa police arrested over 100 Freedom Convoy demonstrators — who have remained entirely peaceful — in a violent crackdown over the weekend.
“If you raise doubts about the vaccines, you’re outcasted. What’s the difference between what he does and what happened under The Inquisition?” Terheș said of Trudeau. The MEP compared Trudeau to a recent dictator from his native Romania, Nicolae Ceaușescu, whose communist government was toppled in 1989.
"He's exactly like a tyrant, a dictator. He's like Ceaușescu in Romania," Romanian MEP @CristianTerhes slams PM Trudeau for his rhetoric on vaccines and his handling of the freedom convoy in Ottawa. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/7B6xbBTrVU
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Terheș also said he has established relationships with Freedom Convoy demonstrators and hopes their movement continues to gain global support. “I hope this movement for freedom and for rights is spreading all around the world,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, we have to make sure that those elected officials understand that they were elected into those offices for the people. Not to behave like masters of slaves.”
Following up on his “dictator” remarks, Terheș later called for the international community to condemn Trudeau’s actions in a statement to Breitbart. “Justin Trudeau and his federal government must be isolated by the democratic international community to show revulsion at his tyrannical actions in Canada against peaceful protesters, who have been trampled under horse hoof as children have been batoned by federal security agents,” Terheș told Breitbart London.
Last week, Trudeau invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act for the first time in the nation’s history. Over 100 protesters have been charged, including protest leaders, who could be facing several years in prison. Despite no documented violence coming from the convoy protesters, and a video statement in which protest leaders expressly called for non-violent demonstrations, organizer Chris Barber’s bond was set at $100,000.
Massive protests against Trudeau’s government later broke out across Canada and continued Sunday. Fueled by opposition to Trudeau’s emergency edicts, thousands of protesters turned out in Calgary, Toronto and other Canadian cities. Additionally, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association have announced their intention to sue the Canadian federal government over Trudeau’s Emergencies Act declaration.