Fact check: Debunking false claims about the Canadian convoy protests - 2022-02-09

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F203.png Fact check: Debunking false claims about the Canadian convoy protests February 9, 2022, Daniel Dale, CNN

Washington (CNN) Canadian protests against vaccine mandates, Covid-19 restrictions and the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have captured attention in the US and abroad -- and prompted a flurry of misinformation, including a false claim that was promoted by prominent podcaster Joe Rogan and on Fox.

We'll debunk some of that misinformation below. First, here's some quick background:

The protests involve a minority of Canada's truck drivers, some far-right activists and a variety of other citizens. The demonstrations began in late January as a "Freedom Convoy" of trucks and other vehicles. The convoy then turned into an ongoing demonstration in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, whose mayor declared a state of emergency on Sunday. It has also sparked protests elsewhere and inspired plans for a similar convoy in the US.

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