Edmonton’s mayor has spoken out towards a protest Saturday regarding COVID-19 restrictions that may see a “freedom convoy” journey from Lethbridge, by way of Calgary, and end on the Alberta legislature.
Mayor Don Iveson launched a press release Saturday morning forward of the convoy, saying “COVID-19 isn’t a joke nor a hoax.”
“We’re in the course of a world public well being disaster,” Iveson mentioned. “Sporting a masks and following different public well being measures retains folks protected and saves lives.”
Iveson added that he’s “inspired” that almost all of Edmontonians observe the foundations, and that he “received’t give a second thought to the falsehoods unfold by this group and its allies.”
The protest was organized by the “Stroll for Freedom Alberta” group. That group claims to face up for rights and freedoms and “peacefully promote breeches to our civil liberties throughout Alberta.”
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Comparable protests have been held in each Edmonton and Calgary prior to now.
In response to the group’s social media, Saturday’s convoy occasion departed from Lethbridge at 7 a.m., then was set to hit Calgary at 10 a.m, Purple Deer at midday, and eventually arrive on the legislature in Edmonton at 3 p.m.
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Iveson mentioned Saturday he has been “made conscious” that a number of the organizers “could also be related to recognized hate teams.”
“Edmonton unequivocally condemns racism, misogyny and different types of hate — such speech isn’t welcome in our group.”
He added the legislature grounds fall below the jurisdiction of the Alberta Sheriffs, however that Metropolis of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service officers will help with conserving order.
Below present COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta, folks can collect in teams of as much as 10 folks so long as they’re exterior and are sustaining two metres distance from one another.
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