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Friday, October 07, 2022

Health mandate protesters near Sask. Legislature holiday after police issued more than 30 tickets Nation World News

The protest, which began on Saturday near the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, progressed slowly on Sunday evening after Regina police issued tickets to several vehicles last night.

Convoys of anti-COVID mandate protesters were blocked from entering legislature grounds, but dozens of vehicles, including some large rig trucks, blocked a northbound lane on Albert Street over the weekend.

Among other things, the protesters are calling for an end to all COVID-related restrictions in the province – and vowed to stay until their demands are met.

Premier Scott Moe has already promised to lift all restrictions soon.

Health mandate protesters near Sask. Legislature holiday after police issued more than 30 tickets Nation World News
A truck blows horns on Albert St. at a rally against COVID-19 restrictions at the Legislative Building in Regina, Saturday, February 5, 2022. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press)

The organizer of the protest, Tamara Lavoie, went live on Facebook for more than four hours.

In the video, it is clear that several vehicles that had gathered after the police arrived and distributed tickets survived.

In a statement released on Monday, the Regina Police Service said officers had issued 30 parking tickets and two Traffic Safety Act tickets during the weekend.

On Lavoie’s Facebook stream, a person can be heard saying that they will be back on Monday with the goal of disrupting traffic during a busy morning commute.

As of 11:00 a.m., no protesters were visible on Albert Street.

Health mandate protesters near Sask. Legislature holiday after police issued more than 30 tickets Nation World News
The grounds around the Legislature in Regina are out of range of vehicles. (CBC)

A second protest called Take Action Against COVID took place over the weekend.

Organizers of that event called on the provincial government to uphold the public health measures that Moe plans to abandon.

In an advisory issued late last night, the Provincial Capital Commission said that to ensure traffic and public safety around the Frost Festival Hub at Vaskana Centre, roadways in the area will continue to be exclusively for pedestrians at this time.

Concrete barricades currently prevent vehicles from reaching the Vidhan Bhawan.

In coordination with the Regina police, the provincial capital commission said it would monitor the situation and make daily decisions regarding traffic in the area.

At this time the legislature is closed for public visits.

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