Bellevue Park was the scene for a gathering of like-minded people over the noon hour, April 30, 2021.
Citizens of all ages, seniors, adults and kids, gathered to speak up against masks, lockdowns and other health measures taken during the past year.
SaultOnline had received a threat to the safety of our staff covering the rally if they were to approach too closely, noting we wouldn’t be welcomed. Other local media outlets could be seen covering it amongst the crowd.
From outside of the group, we could hear multiple calls for the end of the lockdown. Speakers referring to COVID-19 as a bio-weapon and also multiple cheers as people drove by in support.
The only moment of contention was when a pair of individuals drove by screaming at those gathered.
“You are the reason we continue to have the lockdowns,” the passenger of the vehicle said.
Sault Police Services could be seen both at the gatheing and driving past. Multiple plain clothes police officers were witnessed staying to the outside of the crowd. There did not appear to be any tickets issued at the time of the rally.
Traffic control was set-up and at one point as protestors thought they were going to be blocked in, however that never materialized.
The gathering lasted for over an hour, with most of our coverage can be seen on our Facebook page.
The group is planning to conduct multiple organized events going forward such as handing out information on corners.
Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to cover both sides of the ongoing COVID-19 situation in our community.