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Thursday, November 30, 2023

During an anti-mandate protest in Fredericton, 2 were arrested and a vehicle was seized

During an anti-mandate protest in Fredericton, 2 people were arrested and one vehicle was seized

Key Takeaways:

  • Two people were arrested on the second day of a mostly peaceful protest against COVID-19 mandates at the New Brunswick legislature.
  • As per the report, two men were detained for alleged criminal code violations, and at least three Emergency Measures Act tickets, as well as multiple Motor Vehicle Act tickets, were issued.
  • Corey Martin, who was at the protest on Saturday, said his car, along with several others, was keyed in a downtown parking lot.

During the 2nd day of a mostly peaceful protest against COVID-19 mandates at the New Brunswick legislature, 2 people were arrested, and a vehicle was seized, according to police.

Around 700 people attended the protest all across the day, according to Fredericton Police, “in addition to even more than 300 vehicles that took part in related convoys through the downtown,” according to a release issued Saturday evening.

Two men were detained for alleged criminal code violations, according to the report, and at least three Emergency Measures Act tickets were issued, as well as multiple Motor Vehicle Act tickets. According to the press release, all figures are estimates at this time, and a total count will be available later.

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According to the statement, one vehicle was seized under the Emergency Measures Act, and a bylaw ticket was issued for setting off fireworks.

“At this time, we’re in contact with the organisers to ensure a peaceful and legal event.” As per the News release, “there will be a continued and highly visible law enforcement presence.”

“We’re all here to reduce any risk to public safety, so please keep reporting any suspicious, worrying, or criminal activity.”

The public is requested to stay away from the protest area and obey parking and noise ordinances, according to police.

‘We’re not pleased.’

Only a few protesters showed up in the morning, but by early afternoon, the crowd had grown to hundreds.

The atmosphere was initially calm, with protesters listening to music and waving flags and signs as traffic passed by. However, around 2 p.m., the protest became more intense, with demonstrators blocking the road and crowding vehicles.

Vehicle traffic was shut on St. John Street at King Street as well as Queen Street at Regent Street at 2:15 p.m. for “safety reasons and crowd control,” according to Fredericton police. It was reopened after about an hour.

A group of demonstrators walked to City Hall at York and Queen Streets shortly before 2:30 p.m., police said, “and after a short break, made their way back to the protest area.”

“While there were some related traffic delays, motorists were able to continue making their way around downtown,” according to the release.

During an anti-mandate protest in Fredericton, 2 people were arrested and one vehicle was seized
During an anti-mandate protest in Fredericton, 2 people were arrested and one vehicle was seized. Image from The Guardian

The Nevers Road overpass was also closed for a “brief period,” but it has since reopened in the Lincoln area.

Corey Martin, who was at the protest on Saturday, said his car was keyed in a downtown parking lot, along with several others.

“Some individuals were not happy with this,” he said, “but we aren’t happy (with) things, and that’s why we’re here.” “A few members of my family have lost their jobs as a result of this.”

Hundreds of people gathered in the province’s capital on Friday for a convoy-style protest inspired by trucker demonstrations across the nation, honking horns and waving signs as well as Canada flags.

Deputy Police Chief Martin Gaudet of Fredericton told reporters Friday afternoon that no arrests had been made and that only about three motor vehicle offenses had been reported as a result of the events of the day.

Alycia Bartlett, a spokesperson for Fredericton Police, said the force was “pleased to report” that Friday night was uneventful, with only one ticket issued early Saturday morning for improper use of a horn and no criminal code violations.

Source: Global News

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