Harsh fines of nearly $ 1,300 were given to some participants during a demonstration in Manitoba against health measures imposed in one of the cities most affected by the pandemic in Canada for non-compliance with said health rules.
A few hundred people gathered in Steinbach on Saturday to denounce the confinement rules imposed by the government of the Prairie province.
Recall that this province, which has the highest rate of infection in the country, ordered a full containment Tuesday reminiscent of last spring, which includes the closure of various types of businesses and a ban on gatherings.
According to local media images, the protesters assembled by the Hugs over Masks (hugs rather than masks) group were not following social distancing measures and were not wearing masks.
Some of them were fined $ 1,296 for participating in the protest. Manitoba justice, however, did not specify how many fines were distributed.
According to the CTV channel, an elected official, the prefect of the regional municipality of La Broquerie, Lewis Weiss, was among the people who received a fine. The latter spoke at the rally, delivering a conspiratorial speech.
“I find it very strange that we let our loved ones die when medicines are available to cure it quickly and easily”, he left to the crowd.
The rally came as Manitoba continually beats its own marks, with a record 15 deaths on Saturday and 494 new cases on Sunday, two marks unmatched since the start of the pandemic in the province. According to CTV, Steinbach has one of the highest infection rates in the country.