'Freedom Convoy' organizers discussed playing 'race card' with Metis heritage - 2022-07-09

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F0.png 'Freedom Convoy' organizers discussed playing 'race card' with Metis heritage July 9, 2022, Erika Ibrahim, Canadian Press, CP24

OTTAWA -- Organizers of the "Freedom Convoy" discussed using their ties to Métis identity to play the "race card" as part of an overall strategy to control their public image and garner sympathy for their cause, text messages suggest.

The messages between Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, obtained by Ottawa police and entered as evidence by the Crown in Lich's bail hearing this week, indicate how acutely aware the organizers were of the optics of the protest.

The convoy's connection to Pat King, who has spread racist conspiracy theories, as well as the appearance of Nazi and Confederate flags in the early days of the protest, prompted accusations that it was sympathetic to white nationalist causes.

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{{cite news | first = Erika | last = Ibrahim | title = 'Freedom Convoy' organizers discussed playing 'race card' with Metis heritage | url = https://www.cp24.com/news/freedom-convoy-organizers-discussed-playing-race-card-with-metis-heritage-1.5980926 | work = Canadian Press | publisher = CP24 | date = July 9, 2022 | accessdate = July 18, 2022 }}