Coronavirus: Hundreds take part in anti-restriction rally in downtown Kelowna


Protesters gathered by the hundreds in downtown Kelowna for an anti-COVID-19-restriction rally on Saturday afternoon.
Carrying signs and expressing their opinions, protesters gathered at Stuart Park, with many vehicles honking in support, before descending Bernard Avenue.

Signs ranged from “hugs on masks”, “my body, my choice”, “false evidence appearing real (fear)”, “fear of recovery 99.7%?” and “vaccines cause harm”.

Protesters holding Canadian signs and flags at a rally in downtown Kelowna on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

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A protester’s sign was a simple white sign with a cutout resembling an old TV and the words “we are the new ones”.

Some protesters also carried Canadian flags, with a man walking on stilts.

Walking on Bernard Avenue interrupted westbound traffic.

It is not known how many people were present or where they came from, but the protesters are believed to have traveled from the South Okanagan to Salmon Arm.

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Protests against provincial health orders take place regularly in Kelowna, but this rally was by far the largest to date.

Global News was at the scene, with a male protester saying “the fake news is here” and later adding “you are not welcome here”, although the rally took place on public land.

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