“Why should our rights be removed, to make someone else feel better?” She said CP24 at Yonge Dundas Square.
“Is this the world we want to live in? This is what led us to the greatest atrocities in history which oppressed minorities, oppressed dissonance. Whoever does not follow … you are an outcast, you must be killed, you must be ostracized.
“Is this the Canada we want to live in?”
The group was seen protesting around the city center, including Yonge and Bloor Sts. and Yonge and Dundas Sts., discussing people who wore masks and distributing information cards.
Another anti-masker, Chris Saccoccia, who appeared in a Facebook video podcast with Montana on Monday, said he was opposed to wearing a face covering as it will set a precedent for government officials to impose new restrictions on the public.
“Today they say that masks are supposed to be mandatory. I don’t object to you wearing a mask if you want to – what we object to is the mandatory wearing of a mask, ”he said.
“We are all about freedom of choice. Next month, there will be no freedom of choice for contact tracing, then there will be no freedom of choice for vaccination, then no freedom of choice for their biometric digital identification.
“It’s progression. That’s why they tried to make masks mandatory at the end of a pandemic. ”
Saccoccia, who also bears the name of Chris Sky, was seen in a video passing Longo’s grocer this week, saying that he did not have a mask “because I have a health problem.” You are invited to call the police. ”
“I made a video to prove that they can’t refuse or stop you … and surprise that it went viral today on 6buzz,” he wrote on the Mothers Against Distancing Facebook page.
Support the event, displaying signs saying “Cuddle over the masks”, the group of ten people traveled on the metro without wearing face covers.
TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told CP24 that most passengers abide by the public transit system’s mandatory mask rule, which came into effect on July 2.
“Fortunately, it was short-lived and luckily they all paid their price,” he said of the protesters.
Prior to the coming into force of the TTC mask rules, Green said the transit authority had about 50% to 55% to 60% compliance after the announcement of the introduction of mandatory masks. Now they see about 80% of people wearing masks while driving the TTC.
Mayor John Tory called the protesters a small group of attention seekers.
“These are people who were trying, I think, to gain publicity,” he said during a media appearance.
“They have a point of view on this kind of things, which I respect, because there are many points of view in a big city. And I just hope that and I am convinced that the majority of people will follow the law and follow it because it is common sense.
“You want to keep your neighbors healthy and they want to keep you healthy. We do not want this virus to spread. ”
Premier Doug Ford said the incident with Montana in St. Joe’s was “unfortunate,” but continued to urge people to wear a mask whether in a hospital or any indoor public space.
Montana said on the Jim Richards Showgram on Newstalk 1010 later that day that the World Health Organization flip-flopped on wearing the mask, and then the Canadian government supported those who wanted to get together groups and protest during the pandemic, but then he deceived the “Rights and Freedom” of those who did not want to wear masks.
“Why should I put on a mask that could interfere with my breathing in order to receive public health care?” ” she says.
“It’s an imposition on my bodily autonomy and I don’t think anyone has the right to tell me what I should put on my body … What if I had a broken leg or a heart attack and I was told that I had to put on a mask or I would not receive health care? ”
Montana said Ford “should be ashamed of itself” because the group of protesters was exercising its “constitutional rights”.
“If you’re so scared, you can wear a mask,” she said. “Our rights don’t stop where someone else’s fears start.”