‘Freedom George’ arrested in Ottawa as part of of police crackdown

Tyson Billings was arrested in Ottawa Feb. 19 supporting the trucker’s protest against mandatory vaccinations in an event called Freedom Convoy 2022. He also goes by the billing of “Freedom George”. Above, he attended a protest in High Prairie April 23, 2021.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

A High Prairie man billing himself as ‘Freedom George’ found himself behind bars Feb. 19 as part of a police crackdown on Freedom Convoy 2022.
The Ottawa Police Service arrested Tyson George Billings, 44, and charged him with mischief, counselling to commit the offence of mischief, counselling to commit the offence of disobeying court order [Section 127], obstructing police, and counselling to commit the offence of obstructing police.
Billings appeared in court Feb. 20.
Billings is in Ottawa supporting the trucker’s protest against mandatory vaccinations. In an interview published in the Feb. 16 South Peace News, Billings says he has no intention of returning home until the cause is successful.
He arrived in Ottawa Jan. 29 with thousands of truckers to protest the mandatory vaccinations imposed on the industry.
“I get called Freedom George, that’s what they call me,” says Billings.
“I’m here until it’s over,” he adds. “I didn’t come across the country for nothing.
“We want our county back and we will do it peacefully,” says Billings

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10 thoughts on “‘Freedom George’ arrested in Ottawa as part of of police crackdown

  1. He wasn’t charged for peaceful protest, he was charged with mischief, intimidation, obstructing a peace officer, and disobeying a court order and counselling others to do the same. Hopefully he is not guilty.

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  2. well, we have a CORRUPT, Chinese communist take over in our courts! we have the RIGHT to protest and demand to all these unjust fake laws in Canada!

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  3. It’s often not as simple as “breaking the law.” That’s why we have judges, juries, prosecutors and defenders. In the Freedom Convoy case, the first judge to hear Tamara Lich’s case was removed this week for displaying obvious bias against the protesters. “You broke the law? Off with your head!” Good thing is isn’t that simple, even if the first judge wanted it that way.

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  4. Help us understand why PEACEFULLY protesting comes with such extreme penalties? Tyson Billings didn’t have a truck on the street, he was a peaceful protestor advocating for peace. Since when does this carry such extreme measures for opposing the government and vocally protesting? This is beyond ridiculous that the courts have chosen 3 to pay the price of hundreds of thousands of protestors standing peacefully for what they believe in?

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    1. Because he was breaking the law. It’s not hard to understand. He wasn’t just simply protesting. Read through the facts and get to know Canadian law.

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      1. Actually, peaceful protest is not against the law. Our charter of rights guarantees freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. Sadly, the police were given the right to determine what is peaceful and thanks to a few crisis actors and instigators, they were given authority to shut down what was lawful. I cannot speak to anything that this man did, but if he was peacefully protesting and not breaking actual laws, then his arrest was unwarranted. There are many lawyers supporting these unlawful arrests. What happened downtown was unacceptable. I know several local residents who said that the downtown core was never cleaner, happier or safer than when the truck drivers were there. These drivers went against an agenda and that is why they were shut down. They moved vehicles when requested and did not block streets so even municipal laws were followed. They limited honking to reasonable and lawful hours. They should have been permitted to remain regardless of which side on the mandates someone is on. These freedoms are secure from any government body, including the federal parliament and provincial legislatures but because Trudeau has consistently acted like he is above the law, some good people’s rights were taken away. But it was certainly not a lawful act in doing so nor was it a moral one. Nothing Canadian about it.

      2. Melissa. If one is breaking the law (according to you) and you say they are, you should illuminate and/or elucidate clearly and concisely which ‘law(s)’ they were breaking. Just mentioning ‘Canadian law’ doesn’t pass muster here. We are talking about a Canadian citizen who believes he is within his rights.
        Moreover, a ‘fact’ is something for which proof exists, or about which there is information.
        The ‘facts’ are vague in their presentation.
        However, if he was protesting (and you admitted as much) then where is the ‘fair to middling’ you are posturing?

        If he is protesting, that’s one thing, especially peaceful protest.
        If he broke the law(s), that’s another thing entirely.

    2. Just over 100 of the people who were arrested have been charged with a Criminal Code offense.

      Here are Tyson’s specific charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, as per the article you are commenting on.

      Mischief, counselling to commit the offence of mischief, counselling to commit the offence of disobeying court order [Section 127], obstructing police, and counselling to commit the offence of obstructing police.

      What do any of those activities have to do with peaceful protesting?

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