FACT CHECK: Did Ontario Police Report 2.3 Million People Attended The Trucker Convoy Protest In Ottawa?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) estimated 2.3 million protesters and over 100,000 trucks participated in Canada’s “Freedom Convoy” protest.

Verdict: False

There is no record of the alleged reports. A spokesperson from the OPP denied the claim and stated the figures were “well off.” A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) likewise denied the claim.

Fact Check:

A coalition of truckers and their allies gathered in Ottawa over the Jan. 28 weekend in protest of a vaccine mandate aimed at unvaccinated truckers, according to the Associated Press. A screen grab of a text claims the OPP and RCMP estimated the protest involved 2.3 million people and more than 100,000 trucks.

“The OPP have reported over 100,000 trucks in Ottawa, an estimated 2.3 million on foot and an ‘abudance’ (sic) of trucks parked in fields just outside of the city,” reads the image in part. “RCMP reports over 130,000 trucks in the city and more than 20,000 parked in fields outside of the city.”

There is no evidence that either police force reported such estimates. Check Your Fact reviewed news releases from both agencies and found no record of such reports. Both agencies have likewise not posted any such estimates on their official Twitter accounts.

“We can confirm that the RCMP has not provided any estimate on numbers of vehicle or demonstrators in relation to the demonstrations in Ottawa,” said an RCMP spokesperson in an email to Check Your Fact. (RELATED: Does This Photo Show Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’?)

The OPP likewise denied the Facebook post’s claim. “I can assure you that those numbers did not come from the Ontario Provincial Police,” said Bill Dickinson, an OPP spokesperson, in an email to Check Your Fact. “While we are not actually releasing any numbers, those appear to be well off of our estimates.”

While neither OPP nor RCMP released estimates on the protest’s attendance, Ottawa police said an estimated 8,000 people participated in the protest on Jan. 29, according to CBC.

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