As many as 1,500 Canadians joined a rally on Sunday in Calgary to protest against the city’s vaccine mandates.
The event was dubbed the “Frontline for Freedom” rally, and was organized by the Calgary Freedom Central.
Attendees stood united with frontline workers who are being forced into getting the experimental vaccine against their will.
The protestors met at City Hall, where several speeches were given before marching through downtown.
About a thousand Calgarians gathered Sunday afternoon, surrounding Olympic Plaza and joining hands in a protest against the city’s vaccine mandate for its employees and provincial public health restrictions. https://t.co/LfFCyCY2Lx
— CTV Calgary (@CTVCalgary) September 12, 2021
CTV News Calgary has more details on the protest:
About a thousand Calgarians gathered Sunday afternoon, surrounding Olympic Plaza and joining hands in a protest against the city’s vaccine mandate for its employees and provincial public health restrictions.
The rally, organized by the group Calgary Freedom Central, invited all Albertans to stand in solidarity for bodily autonomy and freedom from medical coercion.
Among those in attendance were frontline workers, including Annette Park who works as a community nurse and stands behind her co-workers right to choose to get a COVID vaccine.
“When giving and administering medications, we make sure it’s the right medication, the right client, the right dose, the right time, the right documentation, response and also the right to refuse,” she said.
“We also look at the risk of taking the medication, the risk of not taking the medication and do a cost-benefit analysis, where is the cost-benefit analysis?”
Many others at the rally echoed those statements such as John Carpay, a Calgary lawyer and staff president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).
He claims unvaccinated people are being treated unfairly if they’re being mandated to get the shot at their place of work.
“We have the persecution of the unvaccinated, the worst persecution in Canadian history in at least 80 years,” Carpay said.
Carpay admitted in July to hiring a private investigator to observe a Manitoba Queen’s Bench chief justice’s compliance with COVID-19 restrictions and was temporarily removed from the JCCF for his actions.
“We know this is not science-based and no science to back up the notion that unvaccinated people are somehow worse spreaders of the virus than the vaccinated,” he added.
It was great to see thousands rallying for freedom here in Calgary.
The movement is growing fast!
Only by standing together will we achieve victory. Keep fighting, and never give in. pic.twitter.com/aMcQ7octhU
— Paul Hinman (@PaulHinmanWIPA) September 12, 2021
“The rally was spearheaded by Canadian Frontline Nurses, a group whose organizers include two former Ontario nurses who attended the Jan. 6 riots at the United States Capitol.” #ableg #abpoli https://t.co/4q0eFEqzAQ
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The Calgary Herald has more on the event, which was backed by the group Canadian Frontline Nurses:
An estimated 1,500 people attended a rally in downtown Calgary on Sunday afternoon to denounce COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including those announced by the City of Calgary and Alberta Health Services in recent weeks.
Organizers called the demonstration the “Frontline for Freedom” rally, saying attendees were standing with firefighters, health-care workers, police and other front-line workers.
Attendees met at city hall, where several people gave speeches before demonstrators completed a short march through downtown.
One attendee was Blake Williard, who identified himself as a retired Calgary firefighter. He said he hopes organizations that impose vaccine mandates lose business, and said he doubted the severity of the pandemic.
“If the people who are putting on these events want vaccine passports, then I hope that they don’t have very many people in the stands,” he said.
A video of the event triggered the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, who called those protesting against the experimental injection “selfish, cowardly, and reckless.”
Calgary Frontline for freedom rally pic.twitter.com/GwpisixvT1
— Ernest M. Woolf (@goOseBoss) September 12, 2021
Sunday's protest opposing vaccine mandates for frontline workers was one of the largest that we have seen to date in Calgary.
— Adam Soos ⳩ (@ATSoos) September 13, 2021
Went to the rally in downtown Calgary today for First responders, nurses and city workers, INCREDIBLE TURN OUT! So great to see everyone supporting each other 🙂 pic.twitter.com/clQ8k51fjJ
— 🇨🇦🏕🌲 (@Waqeup2) September 12, 2021
Incredible attendance for the Frontline for Freedom protest in Calgary!
— Colin Korol (@colin_korol) September 12, 2021