While Quebec reported 164 new cases of the COVID-19 Friday, hundreds of complotistes who do not believe in the existence of the virus were preparing to celebrate the week-end at Wickham, in Centre-du-Québec.
This gathering was deemed illegal by the public health, but until now tolerated by the Sûreté du Québec.
More than 500 people are expected at the event Event in the songs that is held on the grounds of the Orchard Blanchard, Wickham, near Drummondville. On the menu, live music, camping, and speech.
“We are a group of citizens who want to advocate for their rights and freedoms. We want to prove that it is possible to gather without getting sick. It is a scam,” says Mario Roy, one of the organizers of the event.
“We have been made aware of this event in the past few days, this is an illegal gathering. We have notified the Sûreté du Québec who has all the powers to intervene,” said Dr. Caroline Marcoux-Loonie of the directorate of public health, Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec.
A vehicle patrol of the Sûreté du Québec visited the site a little before 14 h on Friday. After a short discussion with the organiser, the police left the scene.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has indicated to TVA News be the fact of the holding of this gathering. The police say monitoring. If offences are committed vis-à-vis the health measures, a report of the offence will be sent to the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP), insists-t-on.
The police have confirmed that they have met the organizers.
“We have not received the order from and have not received a statement of offence. We respect the measures of alienation and it continues,” says Mario Roy.
The latter invites the participants at the event to sign a complaint for criminal that he intends to file against François Legault and Horacio Arruda. He accuses them, among other of criminal negligence and sequestration. The office of the prime minister, has preferred not to comment on this complaint.