Nearly a thousand opponents of health measures demonstrated in downtown Montreal on Saturday afternoon in order to continue to express their dissatisfaction with the decisions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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The demonstrators of “The march of people who think that it goes too far (my body my choice)” first gathered around 1:30 pm in front of the Health Canada offices, on René-Lévesque Boulevard.
Armed with their placards, Quebec flags and their megaphones, they then set off for Jarry Park via Saint-Laurent Boulevard. However, they promised not to disturb the vaccination centers in the vicinity.
The spokesperson for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Emmanuel Anglade, said in the middle of the afternoon that “everything is going in order and there are no incidents to report”.
The organizer of the walk, Mel Goyer, notably claimed in a press release the immediate end of the state of health emergency, but also the abandonment of the vaccine passport and the QR code or the wearing of a mask. She also demanded “more transparency from the government”.
Saturday’s demonstration, however, brought together far fewer people than the one organized on May 1 at the Olympic Stadium, where nearly 20,000 opponents gathered.