Horse is fine, police tell trampled protesters — RT World News


Ottawa police say neither the man nor the horse were harmed after officers on horseback charged Freedom Convoy protesters

Authorities responded to public outrage after officers on horseback charged into crowds of protesters in Ottawa on Friday, assuring Canadians that “No one was seriously injured or died” during the incident.

After multiple viral videos showed mounted police apparently trampling at least two people – including an elderly lady with a walker – as authorities attempted to disperse the Freedom Convoy protest, Ottawa police released a statement claiming that neither the man nor the horse had been injured in the incident.

“We hear your concern for people on the ground after the horses dispersed a crowd. Anyone who fell got up and walked away. We are not aware of any injuries. police said in a statement on Twitter.

The authorities further claimed that “a bicycle was thrown at the horse further down the line and tripped the horse”, add “The horse was not injured.

In a statement to Newsweek, Ottawa police even denied that protesters were trampled on, saying protesters fell instead.

We are not aware of protesters being trampled by horses… We understand one protester fell, got up and walked away

Police also dismissed rumors that one of the trampled protesters had been killed, assuring the public that “No one was seriously injured or killed in any of the police actions today.”

Footage of police brutality against protesters on Friday drew public condemnation, including from Canadian elected officials who said they were “troubled and saddened” speak “military-style authoritarian measures” used by the police against “peaceful protesters”.

The Canadian government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused protesters – who have been demonstrating against Covid-19 restrictions and mandates outside Parliament since late last month – of trying to overthrow the government. Trudeau invoked emergency measures to deal with protesters this week.

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