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Chris Barber: Who Is Freedom Convoy Leader Chris Barber?

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is a truck driver from Saskatchewan, according to CTV News. He is active on the video-sharing app TikTok, where he has posted protest video updates under his handle @bigred19755.

“We’ll follow any direction of law enforcement,” Barber said on Tuesday, according to CKOM. “We’ve said it right from day one: If you’re confronted by a police officer and the handcuffs come out, put your hands behind your back. Take it like a man. I’ve never been arrested by police. I’ve never had handcuffs on.…If that comes, I’ll be the first guy to get arrested.”

In his past statements, Barber has called his government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates “tyranny at its finest” and compared them to policies of North Korea’s totalitarian government.

Barber was recently named along with co-organizers Tamara Lich and Benjamin Dichter in a class-action lawsuit seeking to prevent the protesting truckers from blasting their horns. The lawsuit claimed the loud horns could cause permanent hearing damage to residents of Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.

The freedom convoy originally began as a protest against a vaccine mandate, instated in January, requiring all Canadian truckers who cross the U.S.-Canadian border to be fully vaccinated. Those who aren’t vaccinated face a two-week quarantine when they return home.

An estimated 90 percent of Canada’s truckers are fully vaccinated, and Trudeau called the protesters a “small, fringe minority.” However, over time, the convoy grew to include Canadians interested in ending all COVID-19-related government mandates, including re-opening all venues and ending school mask mandates.

The protest eventually grew to block three major U.S.-Canada border crossings and congested downtown Ottawa, threatening to clog supply chains for local homes and businesses. Similar rallies have risen in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Quebec City, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Why Was Convoy Protest Organizer Chris Barber Arrested?

One of the protest group’s organizers, Chris Barber, was among those arrested. His lawyer, Keith Wilson, said Chris Barber was arrested on allegations that included counseling to commit mischief and obstruction of justice.

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