Thousands of Canadian protesters attend a global rally against COVID obligations and restrictions


Thousands of Canadians protested COVID-19 obligations and restrictions on January 22 as part of a World Wide Rally For Freedom demonstration in 34 cities nationwide and more than 180 cities around the world.

The rally focused on defending individual freedom and protested many of the COVID-19 restrictions and obligations, such as vaccine passports.

The rally was reportedly attended by hundreds to thousands of people, with large numbers in major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary.

Christina Dunkelt, who participated in the demonstration in Guelph, Ontario, said she participated in a protest to support personal freedom.

“I went to a rally today for children, family, friends, and strangers walking down the street,” she told The Epoch Times. “I have shown aloud that it is okay to ask questions when things seem incorrect. This is the right choice for every individual in our country and the world. About our freedom. No one can take away that sovereignty, and we all have to choose love over fear. “

Bill Chan, who participated in more than 3,000 demonstrations in Vancouver, said he lost his job because he chose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m here just because I want to protest, because I’m ridiculous of what’s going on,” he said. “We need to take these vaccines, and if we don’t, we can lose our job. We can’t go where we should be. Our basic human rights have been deprived.”

Brian McLachlan, co-chair of the rally in Nelson, British Columbia, told The Epoch Times that he was impressed with the outcome of the event in his city.

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People will demonstrate against COVID-19 obligations and restrictions in Vancouver on January 22, 2022. (Jeff Sandes / The Epoch Times)

“Everyone was absolutely ecstatic and happy. It was overwhelming. We had music. We had speakers. It was absolutely wonderful,” he said.

Bettina Engler, the national coordinator of the protest, was one of the participants in the European forum who came up with the idea of ​​a global rally for freedom and helped host the event in Canada.

“It’s very powerful, especially when you look at the European movement,” she said in an interview. “Finally, I think Canada is awake now. I was very sleepy when I started the rally a year ago.”

Engler says many Canadians were initially worried about the privacy concerns posed by COVID-19’s obligations. That concern was later exacerbated by a disagreement in the government’s message on health orders, she said.

“The first turning point is [BC government] announcement September 13 This QR nonsense about the Vaxx Pass, and having to show it wherever you go, “says Engler. “And people start thinking why I have to disclose my personal information. And second, why do I need to get these booster shots all the time?”

Some of the rallies in Canada included speakers representing various truck driver groups joining the convoy to protest the cross-border truck driver vaccine obligations that came into effect on January 15. ..

At the Vancouver Rally, some of the podiums came from the medical field, including: doctor People traveling in British Columbia are discussing whether it makes sense to vaccinate their children with the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Children have a statistically zero risk of side effects of COVID,” Dr. Anna Kindy said at the event. “There is no evidence or evidence that these vaccines prevent the spread of the disease. There is evidence of the opposite, so we must remove these obligations and stop vaccination of your child. not.”

There will be some demonstrations on January 23rd. The next World Wide Rally For Freedom is scheduled for March 19th.

Jeff Sandes

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Jeff Sandes is a freelance contributor to The Epoch Times based in the Vancouver area.