Motorcade, thousands protest in anti-lockdown demonstration
TORONTO — Sat. morning, a motley group of anti-lockdown protestors gathered at Yonge-Dundas Square, the starting point for their weekly march against the state-mandated COVID-19 procedures.
The march coincided with the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and political corruption in Nigeria, whose supporters also gathered at the venue on Sat.
Demonstrators congregated at the Square hours ahead of their respective protests to prepare for the day ahead. Those protesting against the provincial measures literally set up shop, selling graphic tees and distributing buttons from stalls. Cars also parked along Yonge St. in preparation for the police-escorted motorcade that afternoon.
As a cluster of 20 people swelled to a legion of thousands, the anti-lockdown campaign saw no shortage of local participation, in spite of Ontario’s Stage 2 regulations. Protestors were indeed maskless and in close proximity to one another. Hugs Over Masks, Phoenix Project, and The Line Canada were a few organizations present.
Hundreds of homemade signs could be seen piercing the air as picketers waved them with urgent fervour.
The anti-lockdown procession began with vehement speeches atop a pickup truck, delivered by key leaders including David “Avocado” Wolfe, Rocco Galati, Doug Force, and Chris Sky—all familiar figures in the anti-lockdown campaign in Toronto.
Wolfe vocally opposed The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its vaccination agenda. According to the New York Times, conspiracy theories attaching Gates to the epidemic have appeared over 1.2 million times between February and April alone.
“We want [Gates] captured alive,” Wolfe said in his speech. “He’s gonna be put on trial for his crimes against humanity.”
“We will not be injected with their synthetic chemicals.”
Galati is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and suspects of terrorism. He also commanded the microphone to vocalize his dissatisfaction with the national and global response to the pandemic, namely the self-isolation facilities in the country.
“You ignore the elderly, you ignore all the things that could have mitigated these deaths,” he said.
“But you’ve got your eyes on internment camps over those who reject your lying, fraudulent agenda.”
John, a protestor, fashioned a COVID-19 sculpture with portraits of power players dangling from wires, including ones of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg.
He said this series of anti-lockdown rallies is the first form of civil engagement he has participated in. He and his wife have been attending the demonstrations throughout the summer.
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