Dozens gather at vaccine mandate rallies in Halifax

A demonstration in support of the convoy marching to Ottawa against COVID-19 vaccination mandates is taking place in downtown Halifax on Saturday, along with a counter-demonstration.

There are more than 50 counter-protesters at Peace and Friendship Park in downtown Halifax. They are gathered at the foot of the former statue of Edward Cornwallis, many of them wearing masks and carrying signs with messages such as “Endangering others is not freedom. Get [vaxxed]and “Cowards protest with their cars.”

Elsewhere in the park, a crowd of anti-vaccine mandate protesters gathered. Some have signs with messages such as “Stop COVID mandates now” and “Choose freedom”.

Additionally, around 100 anti-vaccine warrant protesters line Barrington Street next to Peace and Friendship Park to wave and cheer the lines of honking cars and trucks. Many protesters wave Canadian and Nova Scotia flags or wear red and white clothing.

At around 3 p.m. TA, anti-warrant protesters began to leave the park and began moving down Barrington towards Grand Parade.

This is the second weekend in a row that there has been a demonstration in Halifax in support of the convoy to Ottawa.

Counter-protesters also gathered in the park. (Vernon Ramesar/CBC)

On Friday, the Nova Scotia health authority said it was working with its emergency health services partners, the RCMP and local police to reduce the risk of disruption to access to its facilities.

Halifax Regional Police held a press conference on Friday to discuss the protests. Spokesperson Const. John MacLeod said police would try to minimize disruption in the city and encouraged people to avoid unnecessary travel.

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