In a moment captured on video that has emboldened truckers and freedom fighters across the globe, a Canadian trucker viscously attacked by police says they “broke my body….but not my spirit.”
According to The Blaze, the trucker, a “Romanian-born Canadian of 20 years” named Csaba Vizi was attacked by police after he “peacefully surrendered” to them on Sunday.
Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s orders, Ottawa police seek to crush “Freedom Convoy” demonstrations.
Invoking the Emergencies Act, Trudeau is waging an all-out attack—confiscating personal property, seizing donations, freezing bank accounts, canceling vehicle insurance, arresting protestors, threatening those who lend assistance to protestors, and, as the video shows, beating protestors.
As of Tuesday, police arrested about 200 protestors and had approximately 60 vehicles towed.
Vizi told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson he didn’t attend share in the protest expecting to square off with the police during Freedom Convoy demonstrations.
The viral video shows police repeatedly striking Vizi when he was on the ground, not resisting his arrest.
“I got down from my truck, I went down right on my knee, I put my hands behind my head,” Vizi told Carlson. “I was waiting for them to take me away. In that moment, the police officers — they start to punch me with those sticks, they were yelling to me, ‘Go back! Go back!’ And I just told them, ‘Hey, I’m the driver.’”
Recounting what happened, Vizi told Carlson: “They drag me in, they lie me down on my belly, and I don’t — I don’t recall how many were on top of me … I felt like I was beaten, but I took it like a man,” Vizi recalled.
“They broke my body a little bit, but not my spirit,” he added.
Vizi, whose home country of Romania is well-acquainted with the cold hand of dictatorship, told Carlson this isn’t the Canada he immigrated to—the Canada he loves.
“Those who are willing to give their life for this cause, need much more than being threatened with arrest, with fines, with losing insurance. I moved to Canada — everything was wonderful. … I was so happy. I said jeez, that is so nice. Everything was beautiful in the last 20 years, I can say.”
“But the last two years, it’s like impossible to live here anymore,” he added.
The video has gone viral and may serve as a flashpoint—a rallying cry to galvanize protestors and embolden efforts to guard basic freedoms.
(This article was first published in Resist The Mainstream)