With swastikas in our midst, Canadians must say no
It would be foolish to dismiss those in the crowd who appropriated the Nazi symbol simply because they were few in number. We note with genuine dismay that other protesters did not call them out and demand that the offensive symbols be removed.
Freedom Convoy supporters gather in front of Centre Block on Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa on Jan. 29. The presence of swastika flags, of multiple allusions to Nazi ideology, the continued appropriation of the yellow star to make the deeply offensive and grossly inaccurate comparison between the victims of Nazism and anti-vaxxers, all these are manifestations of a dangerous perversion that requires a broad and unconditional collective response, write Sabine Sparwasser and Andrea Freedman. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade