Indian High Commission in Canada issues advisory over anti-vaccine mandate protests

As protests against the Canadian government's vaccine mandate continue in the country's capital, Ottawa, the city-based High Commission of India issued an advisory, as well as a helpline number, for Indian citizens who are in Canada or scheduled to visit the country.

Advisory for Indian Citizens in Canada or planning travel to Canada- Please take all precautions in light of the ongoing protests and public disturbance in Ottawa and other major Canadian cities. Special #Helpline for distressed Indian citizens in Canada-6137443751,” 

According to the advisory, Indians residing in Canada or planning to visit should take the following precautions:

  • Exercise a high degree of caution and stay alert.
  • Stay away from areas where demonstrations are taking place.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Follow local media for information on the evolving situation.

The advisory also urged Indian citizens to register with the High Commission of India or consulates in Toronto or Vancouver so that officials, in case of emergency, can connect more efficiently with the distressed.

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson had declared an emergency in the city as the agitation, led by truckers, entered its tenth day. 

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has, thus far, refused to engage with protesters, and has even called them a ‘fringe minority.’ Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Trudeau called for demonstrations to end as these, he said, are disrupting Canada's economy.