The crowd goes to the riverside for the Freedom Rally

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A crowd of around 150 people gathered on the banks of Windsor on Saturday for the Freedom Alliance Accountability Rally to listen to speakers speak out against the provincial and federal governments and all restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic , many of which have been lifted.

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Chris Sky, who has argued that the public health measures are unconstitutional and violate human rights, was one of many speakers who spoke about the truckers’ protest at the Ambassador Bridge and the “combat fighters of the liberty” who were pulled from their trucks and arrested.

Sky acknowledged the small size of the rally in some of its early remarks.

“The numbers here are lower than normal because everyone thinks we’re back to normal, but that’s not the case,” Sky said. He noted that 25% of food and clothing sales at the rally would go towards the legal fees of one of the truckers arrested during the blockade.

Local anti-lockdown activist Currie Soulliere spoke about a recent visit to the emergency department of a local hospital for treatment of a gash on her head. Her refusal to wear a mask saw her handcuffed and taken out of the building, she said. Eventually she said she was allowed to return but “I was never charged and I never covered my face”.

Someone dressed as Waldo, a character from a popular book series, handed out red licorice and local Ontario Party candidates spoke out against Doug Ford’s government.

Chris Sky, a leading figure in the anti-mask and anti-lockdown movement in Canada, addresses a small crowd of a few dozen people attending a rally in Dieppe Park, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
A participant in an anti-lockdown rally wears a
A participant in an anti-lockdown rally wears a “Freedom Convoy” sweater while carrying the Canadian flag, at Dieppe Park, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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