Granted, they are digging their heels in after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would invoke the country’s Emergencies Act that allows authorities to dismantle the three-week-old protest by force if necessary.
But to fault them for availing of some creature comforts, even as their protests may be unwarranted — central Ottawa has apparently come to a standstill because of the demonstrations — is a self-righteous complaint.
There is no rule in the book that says protesters can’t ‘live a little’ while protesting. This applies as much to pizza-eating as it does to utilising saunas. Those who conflate the tactical objective of a protest with the quantum of ‘suffering’ — going on an ‘indefinite fast’ to protest easier access to wine in stores, for instance — need to get smart and chill out.