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Monday, February 26, 2024

Weekend of rallies in Quebec City against pandemic actions wrap-ups


Key takeaways: 

  • On Sunday, trucks queued up in front of the National Assembly to blow their horns.
  • Protesters assembled for the second day of a rally outside the National Assembly in Quebec City on Sunday to urge the stop of pandemic constraints. 

Protesters in Quebec lined up in front of the National Assembly: 

Many protesters came out for the second day of demonstrations outside the National Assembly in Quebec City on Sunday afternoon to urge the end of pandemic limitations.

While there was less turnout than Saturday’s protest, a large group still showed up — with almost a dozen trucks and tractor-trailers lining René-Lévesque Boulevard in front of the National Assembly.

Those occupying the road had gone by 4:30 p.m., Quebec City police (SPVQ) tweeted. In the last tweet, police told a parking zone for trucks had been set on René-Lévesque between Honoré-Mercier and Claire-Fontaine, as decided with organizers. 

Despite announcements from the region that it intends to phase out the vaccination passport and raise most pandemic actions by mid-March, many stated they prepare to keep opposing to send a precise message they won’t put up with vaccine rulings in the future.  

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Group of people assembled in front of the National structures

“I’m here because I want to see the end of these actions. I want to see the freedoms of myself and my kids restored,” stated Daniel Coté, one of the participants. 

He expects the persistent rallies will show those upset regarding pandemic measures are not a fringe minority. 

“There ought to be more checks and balances because right now our requests are not being appreciated,” stated Coté, who said he also participated in demonstrations in Ottawa. “There must be more of an evaluation regarding whether or not these measures are required.” 

Other requests raised by organizers have lifted the state of emergency in the region, first announced at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 and the end of masks for kids in schools. 

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