As the so-called “Truckers Freedom Convoy” makes its way through Toronto en route to Ottawa in protest of vaccine mandates and other measures meant to keep Canadians safe, many people are taking to Twitter to express their disgust while poking fun at the protest using the clever hashtag #FluTruxClan.
The hashtag, which is a play on the Klu Klux Klan—presumably to highlight the white supremacist undertones of the demonstration—has been tweeted thousands of times as of Thursday afternoon.
Canadians are using it to share everything from snapshots of the real size of the convoy to accurate information about how many truckers support vaccine mandates to hilarious memes, and it reveals, in the words of Prime Minister Trudeau, just how much of a “fringe minority” these protesters truly are.
While anywhere from 50,000 to millions of truckers were originally said to be participating in the convoy, which was supposed to remain peaceful but has since been coopted by ring-wing extremists, the reality is much smaller, and some on Twitter have even pointed out that there seem to be far more personal vehicles partaking in the demonstration than actual truckers.
Others are using the hashtag to clarify that almost 90 per cent of truckers in Canada are vaccinated and doing their job today—proving that those participating in the convoy represent a small minority.
Some residents are pointing out that the demonstration has support from problematic figures such as Paul Fromm, a known white supremacist and neo-Nazi, suggesting that those involved may not be on the right side of history.
With news that some participants intend to imitate the violent coup that took place in the U.S. on Jan. 6, 2021 by storming the Capitol in Ottawa, Twitter users are also using the hashtag to call out extremists.
And many Canadians are pointing out the downright hypocrisy of allowing this protest to go ahead without police intervention when Indigenous people face police violence any time they attempt to protect their own land.
Our freedom is so limited you can drive across Canada with your buddies to protest at Parlaiment without being arrested …. Now look at how we treat our First Nations protesting on their own land. #FluTruxKlan
— Sara (@kamloopy) January 25, 2022
Some are meanwhile choosing to lighten the mood by sharing memes that point out just how silly these protestors seem.
— Gator⚡Gum (@gator_gum) January 25, 2022
The protest follows the federal government’s November announcement that all Canadian truckers looking to cross the border from the U.S. would need to be vaccinated or face a 14-day quarantine. Many truckers and conservative politicians later came out against the new mandate, sharing concerns about supply chain issues and impediments on “individual freedoms.”
— Shea Coburn (@shea_coburn) January 27, 2022
Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and many other politicians have meanwhile spoken out against the convoy, emphasizing the need for widespread vaccination and public health measures to keep residents safe amid the ongoing pandemic.
Courtesy of Montreal’s Aislin
— Pierre Johnson (@PierreJ08117056) January 27, 2022
“The best way out of this is to do what the vast majority of truckers have done – get vaccinated and listen to public health experts,” Singh said in a statement Thursday.
“To have each other’s backs as Canadians. And, not spread misinformation. To the many hardworking, responsible truckers who have worked tirelessly to get Canadians through the pandemic – thank you. Canadians are indebted to you. And, we know like many Canadians that are vaccinated, that this convoy does not speak for you.”