As with last week, amid a deepening lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases and after months of weekly anti-lockdown protests, a heavy police presence was found in Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto long before the event even began.
Journalists were asked to leave, and one early arrival to the protest was arrested.
That didn’t stop the protestors once again exercising their right to protest the ongoing lockdowns, which many feel is not worth the cost of rising unemployment, increased rates of mental illness, and the destruction of small business.
Many protesters sported Canada flags.
“Let’s see if they’re less willing to arrest Canadians instead of anti-maskers,” one said.
Some protesters started exercising in front of police, because exercising outdoors is permissible under the stay at home order.
The protesters splintered off into several smaller groups, the police still maintaining a watchful eye on their activity.
More arrests occurred before the group of protesters dispersed from the area completely.
Protesters have gathered in downtown Toronto for weeks now, demanding an end to COVID-19 lockdown mandates that are crippling the economy with rampant joblessness and business closures. Torontonians have expressed their willingness to fight these measures through weekly protests in Yonge-Dundas Square, many of which have resulted in arrests and scuffles with police.
The Post Millennial's Beth Baisch has been issued two warnings by police to leave the area. She remains on the scene.
This is a developing story and will be updated.