Canadian News Feb 6, 2021 7:57 PM EST

BREAKING: Anti-lockdown protests continue in Toronto this weekend, several arrests made

The weekly anti-lockdown protest once again defied the provincial stay-at-home order, calling again for an end to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns which have correlated with a sharp rise in unemployment.

BREAKING: Anti-lockdown protests continue in Toronto this weekend, several arrests made
Beth Baisch Toronto, ON
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The weekly anti-lockdown protest once again defied the provincial stay-at-home order, calling again for an end to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns which have correlated with a sharp rise in unemployment.

Police were quick to try and disperse protestors from Queen’s Park, telling them there is a stay-at-home order and they can’t gather in groups larger than 5. Protestors were adamant they were exercising their rights, and at least two people were quickly arrested.

Protestors then began their “Essential Exercise March” to avoid further arrests, since exercise being deemed essential under the current lockdown rules.

Toronto police posted a statement to the public warning protesters that if they violate the order against gatherings more than five individuals they will be subject to fines or summonses.

"While we recognize the right to lawful protest, the existing emergency orders prohibit large gatherings of more than five people," the statement reads.

The order says that police will be "enhancing" their enforcement of the order against large public gatherings and officers will be "dispersing" attendees of large gatherings.

"Organizers of events also risk tickets or summonses," the statement continues.

A man was seen poking his head out of his window to to flip off the anti-lockdown protesters marching in the street.

Police made a final arrest as the demonstration began to disperse.

Protests against the COVID-19 lockdown orders in Toronto have been ongoing since April, with tensions between protestors and police escalating in recent weeks.

This is a developing story.

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