Montreal | Hundreds of protesters against mask wearing and the health emergency





Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Montreal on Saturday to denounce, among other things, the health restrictions that are still in place.

Posted at 5:02pm
Updated at 5:48 p.m

Frederik Xavier Duhamel

Frederik Xavier Duhamel
The press

A convoy linked to groups protesting against it freedom fighter and unifierHe left Ottawa in the morning. According to information published on social networks, he stopped first in Vaudreuil-Dorion and then in Anjou before reaching La Fontaine Park.

The protesters gathered in a parking lot at the intersection of Papineau Avenue and Sherbrooke Street around 2 p.m. before taking the road toward downtown around 4 p.m.

Many of them waved the flags of Quebec and Canada, often displaying slogans related to liberty or insults against Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and François Legault. Some also carried flags of the United States or former US President Donald Trump.


PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, THE PRESS

Many protesters waved Quebec and Canadian flags, often displaying slogans related to liberty or insults to Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and François Legault.

A leader of the convoy, who poses on Facebook as Yan, a father of Saint-Eustache, initially refused to speak to him The press. “We don’t want masks anymore, we don’t want them anymore, the health emergency is over. Legault, we don’t want the state of emergency anymore, that’s enough, you’re all corrupt. It’s over, I’m not talking to you anymore my friend that’s it ‘ he kept shouting.

Bill 28, intended to end the public health emergency, stipulates that many emergency measures will remain in effect until December 31, a move that has been heavily criticized by the opposition.

“What brings me here is our rights and freedoms,” said Jonathan Blanchette, who was met at the scene. He is particularly opposed to the health emergency and “all exceptional government powers”.


PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, THE PRESS

The Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had no defections or arrests to report by late afternoon.

One young woman, who declined to identify herself, said she was “there for them vibrationsit feels good to see a smile, it’s good to see happy people, to have social contacts that were denied to us for a while.” Another denounced “political measures” and not health.

Many protesters at the scene said they oppose wearing masks indoors, as well as travel restrictions affecting people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.


PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, THE PRESS

Bill 28, intended to end the public health emergency, stipulates that many exceptional measures will remain in effect until December 31, which has drawn strong criticism.

Some were also opposed to Bill 15, passed last week, which requires the child’s best interests to take precedence over all other considerations, including those of his or her parents.

“There are many who are against it because they are afraid that the government surpass in parental rights,” said Jean-François Duquette at the wheel of his van. “It’s good for kids, but in a different sense, with themsurpass we have been seeing for the last two years, we fear it will go further. »

The Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had no defections or arrests to report by late afternoon.

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