Nearly 270 tickets during an anti-vaccine demonstration in Montreal

Nearly 270 tickets during an anti-vaccine demonstration in Montreal

Little masked and without social distancing, a few thousand demonstrators protested Sunday against vaccination and health measures in Montreal. For the occasion, the police distributed 269 tickets to people who did not respect the compulsory wearing of a face covering.

The minimum fine is $ 1,000, in addition to the $ 296 in costs and the $ 250 contribution, for a total of $ 1,546.

Nearly 270 tickets during an anti-vaccine demonstration in Montreal

MARIO BEAUREGARD / QMI AGENCY

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal also sent six offense reports to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP).

At around noon, in front of Prime Minister François Legault’s offices on Sherbrooke Street, the police had already intervened, even before the start of the peaceful march.

In the crowd, there were as many families as the elderly. Conspiracy posters and flags in support of Donald Trump and Maxime Bernier were clearly visible.

Nearly 270 tickets during an anti-vaccine demonstration in Montreal

MARIO BEAUREGARD / QMI AGENCY

Several demonstrators did not hesitate to qualify the health measures as “dictatorship” and slogans for “freedom” were chanted during this impressive rally.

The strong police presence framed the march to La Fontaine Park, where protesters gathered to listen to the speeches of important figures of the movement, such as the actress Lucie Laurier and Maxime Ouimet (the people’s policeman).

The police did not hesitate to target a protester who was not wearing a mask. The offender was removed from the group and then guided to a police car, where an offense notice was distributed.

On the event’s Facebook page, we also list the measures to follow to contest the tickets.

The organizer Mel Goyer, has defended being “anti-vaccine” or “anti-science”, although she refuses to be vaccinated.

“I am pro-logical,” she said.

Mel Goyer asks, among other things, for a public debate on Radio-Canada on vaccination and the health crisis.

“We are not all cuckoos, we are not all pro-Trump, we are nuanced, we are complex beings, we look at the figures – the real ones – those of the government”, she said , by asking for more transparency from public authorities.

The demonstration finally ended in the late afternoon. Some protesters then headed with their car to the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel, where they blocked traffic for a few minutes.

However, the Sûreté du Québec says it has not intervened.

Nearly 270 tickets during an anti-vaccine demonstration in Montreal

MARIO BEAUREGARD / QMI AGENCY

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