Anti-racists and pro-truckers oppose Montreal

Anti-racists and pro-truckers oppose ; Montréal

Demonstration in support of the convoy of truckers in Montreal.

Two rallies with opposing ideas took place in Jarry Park, in Montreal, on Saturday morning. One, anti-racist, denounced the people who make up the “freedom convoy” in which there would be conspiracy theorists and people from the extreme right. The other, supported the Ottawa truckers.

Several hundred people were gathered in the parking lot of Jarry Park, on the side of the pro-truckers, and several dozen on the side of the anti-racists. The Montreal City Police Department acted as a separation between the two groups. After a march through the neighborhood, a series of speeches were given by supporters of the “freedom convoy”.

The leader of the People's Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, explained to the crowd that the duty of citizens in the face of discriminatory measures is civil disobedience. Other speakers followed suit. The messages advocating the lifting of health measures have been legion. Especially for the “mental health of children”. Other claims argue that sanitary measures are not scientifically justified.

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Maxime Bernier at the demonstration in support of the convoy of truckers in Montreal/Photo credit: Alexis Aubin

One of the co-organizers of this Facebook event “United in love for freedom”, Carl Giroux, explains that his desire is to end “segregation and discrimination”. “We are there against no one, us. The only thing we want to regain is our rights and our freedoms. He considers that the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, minimizes the “convoy of freedom” by calling the movement extremist. “In demonstrations, there can always be a minority, I do not associate myself with them. If they pull out a Nazi flag, I don’t have that control.”

Although no Nazi flags were seen during the day's pro-trucker demonstration, amid Quebec and Canadian flags, symbols glorifying Trump or signs with yellow Jewish stars were displayed.

< p>Despite a gradual deconfinement plan until March 14, Mr. Giroux does not trust the government, which he describes as “sneaky”. “I don't believe them anymore, they've been lying to us [Québec government] for two years. It’s sneaky. As there is a discontent, they want to remove the [immunization pass]. I'm not getting into this, it’s manipulation.”

The demonstrators dispersed little by little after noon, while some claim to be heading for Ottawa.

The mayoress of the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, warned her fellow citizens that some inconvenience could arise on Saturday on the sidelines of the demonstration. But that the city and the police departments would follow the situation closely. According to the findings on site, there were no overflows.

“Of course, we recognize the fundamental right to demonstrate. And as is usually the case with demonstrations, no slippage will be tolerated. Moreover, the City and its police department are already mobilized and are monitoring the situation closely in order to avoid any overflow”, she expressed on her Facebook account.

The Montreal Police Department (SPVM) indicates that no overflow is to be reported. The police framed the march.

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    Demonstration in support of the convoy of truckers in Montreal – February 12, 2022 – Montreal, Canada. Alexis Aubin

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    Against demonstration as part of the demonstration in support of the convoy of truckers in Montreal – February 12, 2022 – Montreal, Canada. Alexis Aubin

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    Against demonstration as part of the demonstration in support of the convoy of truckers in Montreal – February 12, 2022 – Montreal, Canada. Alexis Aubin

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    Demonstration in support of the convoy of truckers in Montreal – February 12, 2022 – Montreal, Canada. Alexis Aubin

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  • Anti-racists and pro-truckers oppose Montreal

A counter-demonstration to denounce extremism

Before protesters gathered in support of Ottawa truckers at Jarry Park, a counter-demonstration was organized in the morning at the same park. The purpose of this was to denounce the extreme right and the conspiracy theorists who would make up the “supposed freedom convoy”.

Indeed, a member of the Facebook group Community Response to Jarry Park< /em> told Metro that the goal was to expose protesters who send confusing messages. “We are trying to bring a clearer message, because there are people who carry Nazi flags etc. This is the wrong message. We just come to say that this is not Canada, ”says W.B, who did not wish to reveal his full name. These anti-racist protesters were in the minority and peaceful. W.B and his group mention that there was no disrespectful attitude towards them, just very insistent stares.

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