An anti-lockdown protest originally planned for the Kitchener-Waterloo region was moved to Toronto on Saturday.
Organizers of the so-called, “freedom rally,” said they decided to gather at Yonge-Dundas Square.
It follows this week’s escalating events at an Etobicoke BBQ joint — in which the owner was arrested and charged for defying the region’s 28-day lockdown restrictions.
Supporters of Adamson BBQ gathered outside the restaurant for three straight days before owner Adam Skelly was arrested and proceeded to protest outside Premier Doug Ford’s home in Etobicoke.
A similar anti-lockdown protest was held at Queen’s Park on Thursday as well that was attended by Independent MPP Randy Hillier.
Police ticketed Hillier for allegedly breaking health rules imposed to curb COVID-19.
The mayor of Waterloo tweeted about the change of venue while expressing concern over the potential for confrontation between counter-protesters in both Toronto and Waterloo.
And there was MUCH rejoicing! Thanks to all who were concerned and had done much planning to keep Uptown safe. Lots of effort, yet best to Be Prepared. https://t.co/Qe0ICzXKMv
— Dave Jaworsky (@DaveJaworsky) November 27, 2020
Yonge-Dundas Square has been the site of several anti-lockdown and anti-mask protests over the summer and fall.