Video posted to social media shows a protester from this weekend’s anti-COVID mandate rally in Canada berating hotel staff after he was refused service for not wearing a mask.
“We’ve come here to help get rid of people, like you, from your tyrannical s–t,” an unmasked man is heard telling an employee behind the front desk of the hotel lobby. “You’re a bully and you’re so pathetic in life.”
He then turns to another masked staff member, whom he asks, “What are you going to do? What are you going to do?”
When the second employee replies that he’s just looking, the protester turns back to the man at the desk and tells him, “You are so pathetic in life that you have nothing better to do than to enforce mask s–t, you know that? That makes you feel good about yourself.”
The original staff member is then seen moving from behind the desk to escort the unmasked man out of the lobby.
“It’s disgusting,” the man says to the hotel employee. “So now you’re going to put us outside in -30 [degrees Celsius].”
Before leaving, he adds, “You will answer to God. Yes, you will and he will send you straight to f–king hell.”
Over the video is a caption that reads “no mask, no room.”
Thousands of people protested on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada this Saturday as part of an effort to join cross-border truck drivers who demanded that the federal government reverse its vaccine mandate on the workforce.
On January 15, a new mandate went into effect requiring truckers to be fully vaccinated. The Canadian Trucking Alliance has estimated that the new law would take 10 to 15 percent of commercial truckers off the road.
Saturday’s rally became heated after protesters were seen desecrating various memorial sites and statues of national heroes.
Ottawa police have opened up several investigations into the protest, including instances of “threatening/illegal/intimidating behavior to police/city workers and other individuals and damage to a city vehicle.”
Many of the demonstrators reportedly struggled to secure housing and food in the city during the protest due to their refusal to cooperate with the provincial mask mandate. Some were spotted harassing volunteers at a local soup kitchen for free food after they were not allowed into Ottawa’s restaurants.
In Ontario, those over the age of two are required to wear a mask in any “public indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.”
Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he doesn’t see the mandate being lifted anytime soon, although the latest wave of reopening in the province began on Monday.
On January 31, restaurants, gyms and cinemas reopened to indoor customers with certain capacity limits. Ford has said he hopes to lift all restrictions by mid-March.
In a statement issued Monday, Ford said, “The right to peaceful protest is core to our Canadian identity.”
“I was extremely disturbed, however, to see some individuals desecrate our most sacred monuments and wave swastikas and other symbols of hate and intolerance this weekend,” the premier continued. “That has no place in Ontario or Canada. Not now. Not ever.”
Ottawa police are still patrolling the downtown area and are advising residents to avoid traveling to the area where many of the weekend demonstrators have remained into the week.