Published: May 16, 2021
Tens of thousands of people took to Canadian streets over the weekend – protesting everything from COVID-19 lockdowns to the situation in the Gaza Strip – but they did have one thing in common, no one got a ticket.
Calgary was the scene of a couple of pro-Palestinian demonstrations over the weekend – with dozens of people, far outside the current provincial outdoor gathering limit of five people. Many protesters were not masked. They were outraged over Israeli continuing to bombard the Gaza Strip after coming under attack from thousands of Hamas rockets.
A similar protest in Toronto drew thousands of people on both sides of the issue to Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday. Police said there were some water bottles thrown. They estimated the crowd size at 13,000.
Several thousand people gathered in Montreal to also protest the Israel-Gaza situation.
There were also several gatherings across the country in support of a worldwide day of protest against COVID-19 lockdowns.
And in Breton, Ab., there was an anti-racism protest after someone in the area had flown a nazi flag over the property.