Yellow-vest movement offers inroads to extremist elements, and the convoy to Ottawa is no different - 2019-02-20
OTTAWA— For Kathy Katula, and many others in the yellow-vest movement, the high-visibility garment is the perfect symbol to reflect the complaints of a disgruntled working class — it's cheap, loud and available at hardware stores and trucks stops. "It symbolizes unity to me," she said at Parliament Hill Tuesday for a yellow-vest rally. "It symbolizes to people that we're out and about we're the working middle class."
But the ubiquity of the vest — and the ease with which people with diffuse views have flocked to it — might be part of its problem. While many people wearing in have legitimate complaints about support for the oil sector, the informal nature of the protest has allowed extremist elements to operate under the visage of a yellow vest, experts say. The United We Roll Convoy for Canada, the cross-country cavalcade that has covered about 3,500 kilometres over last five days to Ottawa was originally created as a yellow-vest event. While the yellow vest label was eventually dropped, lead organizer Glen Carritt said, in order to let more people participate, the convoy hasn't lost its colour.
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