CALGARY – Approximately 1,000 protesters converged on downtown Calgary Saturday. The peaceful protest was led by a group called Walk for Freedom rallying, they said, to protect our Charter rights.
The group consisted of ordinary people of all ages carrying signs that had a variety of slogans. They included: ‘Take off your mask and smell the bull****,’ ‘My body my choice, no mandatory vaccine,’ ‘Defund state propaganda – CTV, CBC, Global,’ ‘ Where did the flu go? Ask questions,’ ‘Wake-up global reset is in play,’ ‘Fear is the modern plague,’ ‘Power of the people is stronger than the people in power,’ ‘Lockdowns are more deadly than covid,’ ‘The government loves pandemics for the same reason they love war, it gives them the ability to impose control on the populations they otherwise would never accept,’ ‘God keep our land glorious and free,’ ‘Arrest Trudeau for treason,’ ‘Lock up Nenshi,’ ‘Our fear of death has stolen our courage to live,’ ‘This ends when we stop complying,’ and ‘Boost your immunity avoid fake news.’
The group consisted of ordinary citizens, from the very young to older people.
Went to the anti-mask protest today. Trump flags, Proud Boys, parents using their children as props. At least three journalists I know were harassed or assaulted here. Police did not enforce anything, nor could they really. #yyc pic.twitter.com/CtSyIPNasP— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) November 28, 2020
On Friday, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the upcoming rally was “illegal” because of provincial limits on outdoor gatherings.
The Calgary Police Service on Sunday said they will monitor events to ensure everyone is safe and the event remains peaceful.
“As with all rallies, we are able to scale our response to ensure public safety,” said the Calgary Police in a statement to the media Sunday.
“We will make every effort to play our part in enforcement, however, our primary objective is to ask for voluntary compliance and to educate the public on the restrictions.
“With that said, participants in these events are being investigated. Our ticketing is strategic and will take into consideration a number of factors,” added the Calgary Police. “Although citizens may not witness the summons at the time, that does not necessarily mean we are not exploring those options.”
The Calgary Police Service is responsible for enforcement of mandatory COVID-19 restrictions. Their Public Health Compliance Team will focus on mass gatherings, self-isolation, quarantine, and business non-compliance.
“We will attend complaints for indoor social gatherings in any setting, including workplaces and homes,” said the Calgary Police. “Outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. We have also redeployed 12 school resource officers to patrol units to enhance our response to COVID-19 enforcement.”
Walk for Freedom rallies are planned across Alberta including in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Canmore.
The Walk for Freedom group says, “We are being called, now more than ever, to exercise and protect our Charter rights to free speech, free association and peaceful assembly. We must show our governments and our fellow Canadians that we will not be intimidated and that we will not allow tyranny to overtake our free, peaceful nation.”
Alberta Press Staff
Walk for Freedom photos
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