Protesters blocking Alberta’s crossing of Alberta’s major U.S. borders in Coots continued to have federal COVID obligations and restrictions despite the state’s vaccination passport being lifted. They say they won’t leave.
In an interview with the Canadian press, John Van Roywick, a feedlot operator in Coaldale, Arta, told Ottawa that he and other protesters would protest COVID-19’s obligations and restrictions. He said he was blocking Highway 4 in solidarity with the rushed trucking fleet.
“We are here to get the big picture. It started with the border ones, it [Prime Minister] We won’t move until Trudeau and Trudeau move, “Van Roywick said.
Vanreeuwyk said he was grateful that Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney had recently completed the state’s vaccine passport requirements, but it’s not enough because people still need to wear masks indoors. ..
“Overall disappointing … there were some good points [came] Not 10 percent of them. “
As a first step in phasing out the restrictions, starting February 8, Alberta will remove the capacity restrictions for all businesses except large and recreational facilities with more than 500 people. Beginning February 13, children under the age of 12 will no longer need a mask in any setting.
Kenny said at a press conference on February 8 that the state would enter Step 2 on March 1 if hospitalizations continue to decline. This phase The capacity limit will be lifted at all venues and the masking obligation will be removed.
In the final stage of resumption, forced quarantine will only take place on a recommended basis and the COVID-19 outbreak protocol in ongoing care facilities will be lifted. The target date for this phase has not yet been determined.
Alberta protesters have opened and closed the lane of Highway 4 since January 29th. The RCMP said late February 8 that the lanes were closed again due to protests.
“Note that the north and south lanes to the Katz border intersection are closed for protesters. [sic] “Lockdown,” RCMP said on Twitter.
General Sonia Savage, acting Minister of Justice for Alberta, said the blockade near the Katz border was “continuing to be a concern.” statement Released on February 8th.
“If we repeat what we say several times, the Alberta government will always support people’s basic democratic protests,” she said.
“But there are reasonable limits to the constitutional right to assembly and freedom of expression. Protesters threaten public security, disturb public peace, and Albertans access critical infrastructure. They open themselves up to potential actions from law enforcement agencies, such as blocking them. “
Vanreeuwyk states that as politicians increase pressure on protesters, they can have the opposite effect.
“We have a guy here. They lost everything for these missions, and they don’t give up, and they’re willing to keep going in their place until this is done. No, “he said.
“The harder the politician pushes, the bigger this will be.”
Canadian Press and Andrew Chen contributed to this article.