Rally organized to protest COVID-19 restrictions in Kelowna


More than 160 people gathered in Kelowna for a rally, protesting against public health orders and restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.They say that the rights and freedoms of Canadians are taken away by the government.

“Why have they locked down our economy, why have they stopped all elective surgeries. People have died because of these surgeries being canceled and you don’t hear about it from the government, it’s not being talked about, ”said David Lindsey, one of the speakers at the event.

“We are here to get information, to talk about statistics and what they (the government) are doing to falsify the information given to British Columbians.

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The flyer, promoting the event, said “hugs are allowed and no mask required”. The RCMP came for a short time, but no citation for violating public health orders was issued.

“(For) this small number of people who break the rules despite being warned, even though they put people at risk, especially in our own communities and are our own families, we have certain tools that we can use to support law enforcement, ”said Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer.

Many speakers addressed the crowd, citing a variety of issues including vaccines, COVID-19 health orders and cell phone towers.

“There is a real and legitimate fear about mandatory vaccinations in the future. There is a real and legitimate fear about it and as a result there are a lot of people here, ”said Lindsey.

An Okanagan doctor attended the rally saying he agreed with the feeling the government had gone too far with the COVID-19 restrictions.

“I wanted to show my support for the dissidents because I believe that the public health measures that have been taken recently are not beneficial to society as a whole,” said Dr. Balazs Gerloczy, a pathologist from the Okanagan.

“I think it’s a mistake.”

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Dr Gerloczy has a message for government officials.

“Look at the economic effects, look at the health effects and don’t lock in anymore. Protect the elderly and protect the most vulnerable and let the rest of society go on with its life. “

The event was hosted by the Common Law Education and Rights Initiative Group – which has held similar protests in the past, but when it comes to future events, the group says it prefers to remain confidential about its plans.

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