Some members of the European Parliament on Wednesday sharply criticized Justin Trudeau for responding like “a dictator” to peaceful Freedom Convoy demonstrations in February.
The Canadian prime minister received the rebuke after delivering a speech to the European Union (EU), Fox News reported.
One of the MEPs who accused Trudeau of plunging Canada into a “dictatorship of the worst kind,” was Croatian independent Mislav Kolakusic. On twitter, he accused the Prime Minister of, “under your quasi-liberal boot,” turning Canada “a symbol of civil rights violations.”
“The methods we have witnessed may be liberal to you, but to many citizens around the world it seemed like a dictatorship of the worst kind,” he said.
Meanwhile, Alternative for Germany MEP Christine Anderson called Trudeau “a disgrace for any democracy” during her speech in Parliament.
Anderson accused Trudeau of civil rights violations during the trucker convoy protest, calling him a dictator who treats citizens as “terrorists.”
On Twitter, the MP shared the moment on video along with these words: “Yesterday, Canada’s Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau visited the #EU Parliament to give a speech. I took the opportunity to give him an appropriate “welcome” there. Short, concise and right hitting the bull’s eye!”
Another MP from the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, Bernhard Zimniok, accused Trudeau of “trampling on democratic rights” by cracking down on people protesting “disproportionate” public health measures.
Zimniok, also posted a tweet with part of his speech writing, “I’m overwhelmed by the support and appreciation of the Canadian people, which means a lot to me! Because of that, I published the speech with English translation. Unfortunately, the interpreter ignored that I mentioned the freezing of 200 bank accounts.”
In February, peaceful protests initiated by truckers against the Covid mandates began to be suppressed by Canadian police on Trudeau’s orders.
The riot police cracked down on the convoy in Ottawa with tear gas and violently detained protesters as they made their way through the crowd on horses, according to Fox News.
The media outlet also indicated that 29 Canadian clergymen also rebuked the Prime Minister in a letter sent in February for actions they described as “tyrannical” against the Freedom Convoy.
“We are writing to you as representative pastors of Christian congregations from across the nation and as law-abiding citizens who respect the God-defined role of civil government and uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest law of our land, which recognizes the supremacy of God over all human legislation,” part of the letter read.