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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Montreal on Saturday to, among other things, condemn the health restrictions that remain in place.

Posted 17:02 Updated 17:48

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The convoy, linked to the Freedom Fighters and United Nations protest groups, left Ottawa in the morning. According to information published on social networks, he first stopped in Vaudreuil-Dorion and then in Anjou before reaching La Fontaine Park.

The protesters gathered around 2:00 in the parking lot at the intersection of Papineau Avenue and Sherbrooke Street before taking the street to downtown around 4:00 p.m.

Many waved the flags of Quebec and Canada, and often featured slogans related to the freedoms or insults of Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and François Legault. Some also bore the flags of the United States or former US President Donald Trump.

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Many protesters waved the flags of Quebec and Canada and often displayed slogans related to the freedoms or insults of Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and François Legault.

The convoy leader, who presents himself on Facebook as Yan, a father from Saint-Eustache, initially refused to talk to La Presse. “We don’t want any more hands, we don’t want them anymore, the state of health emergency is over. Legault, we don’t want a state of emergency anymore, that’s enough, you’re all corrupt. It’s over, I’m not talking to you anymore, my friend, that’s it, “he shouted anyway.

The bill 28, which is intended to end the state of health emergency, stipulates that many exceptional measures will remain in force until 31 December, which has provoked strong criticism from the opposition.

“What brings me here is our rights and freedoms,” said Jonathan Blanchette, whom they met on the spot. In particular, it opposes the state of health emergency and “all the exceptional powers of the government.”

PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, LA PRESSE

The Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had no assaults or arrests at the end of the afternoon.

A young woman who did not want to identify herself said that there was “for the atmosphere, it is good to see smiles, it is good to see happy people, to have social contact, which we are deprived of for a while.” Another condemned “political measures” and not health.

Many protesters on the spot said they were against the requirement to wear veils inside, as well as travel restrictions that applied to people who had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, LA PRESSE

The bill 28, which is intended to end the state of health emergency, stipulates that many exceptional measures will remain in force until 31 December, which has provoked strong criticism.

Some also opposed Act 15, passed last week, which states that a child’s interests must take precedence over any other considerations, including those of his or her parents.

“There are many who oppose them because they fear the government will exceed parental rights,” Jean-François Duquette said behind the wheel of his van. “It’s good for children, but in another sense, with the overlap we’ve seen in two years, we’re afraid it will go on. »

The Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had no assaults or arrests at the end of the afternoon.