- A convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and public health orders was herded to the area in front of Winnipeg City Hall on Main Street and the Manitoba Legislature grounds.
- The semis and other vehicles in convoy originated from all over Winnipeg. This weekend, members say they’ll be standing in solidarity with the Ottawa group.
- A convoy of trucks passed through Winnipeg late afternoon, stretching from Fort Street at Broadway to the perimeter highway.
People were herded to the area in front of Winnipeg City Hall on Main Street and the Manitoba Legislature grounds to cheer on a convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and public health orders.
On Saturday, around 1 p.m., crowds gathered at city hall. Families with young children were among the large crowd, as were people holding signs condemning vaccine mandates and passports, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Later that afternoon, a crowd gathered on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature, holding similar signs as semi-trailers rolled by, with words like “freedom over fear” painted on the sides.
The semis and other vehicles in convoy came from various parts of Winnipeg. Members say they’re standing in solidarity with the Ottawa group this weekend. Many group members are against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for truck drivers, but others are opposed to public health measures in general, such as partial lockdowns and face masks.
The event began with a group at city hall singing O Canada, with many people holding Canadian flags all through the crowd during the day. People at Winnipeg’s city hall chanted in unison, “Roussin, leave our kids alone,” referring to Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin.
Nolan Ashmead was with his family at the Legislature in the early afternoon. They drove from Camperville, Manitoba, to attend the rally.
“We’re just here to support freedom and also the rest of Canada, as well as standing up for our rights,” he stated, adding that he wants all mandates to be lifted.
“As a result, we have the option of wearing a mask or not wearing one. Whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. We want to provide everyone with a choice.”
Savannah and John Casta were also in attendance. The couple, who live just outside of Winnipeg, said they wished to support truckers in Ottawa while also calling for mandates to be abolished.
According to the couple, Manitobans who aren’t vaccinated are discriminated against in gyms and restaurants.
“We have a baby, and even when we’re just visiting with other people — even family and friends — there’s a lot of prejudice about ‘these people aren’t vaccinated, so you have to be careful around them.'”
In an emailed statement, Mayor Brian Bowman’s office said, “He is a firm believer in following public health orders and getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are eligible. Vaccines are the only way to reclaim the freedoms we all desire. Fortunately, by getting vaccinated, the vast majority of Winnipeggers have contributed to the restoration of our liberties.”
According to city officials, staff were aware of the planned protest and worked with the Winnipeg Police Service “as per established procedures,” according to city officials.
In unmarked vehicles and police cruisers, Winnipeg police officers were present at city hall and the legislature gatherings. According to the service, the convoy was creating its way through Winnipeg from Broadway and Fort Garry at 3 p.m.
The public has been asked to stay away from the downtown area.
Source: CBC News
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