Although public gatherings are not allowed, some do not follow the regulations. It is one of the rules laid down in an attempt to curb down the spread of COVID-19. Police have laid charges against five individuals after a rally against COVID-19 public-health orders on Saturday that drew hundreds of unmasked protestors to downtown Calgary.
According to the police, the situation on Saturday escalated toward the end of the rally, when a large group of people crowded officers and started to interfere as they were handing out tickets.
Charges include obstructing a peace officer, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest. The names and ages of the accused were not given.
In an attempt to discourage people from attending anti-mask rallies, the police chief stated that in previous weeks, officers tried targeted enforcement and focused on ticketing rally organizers. Without much change, officers have decided to switch tactics in hopes of deterring people from attending the rallies.
There has been an expansion of the enforcement to include others who were repeat people who were attending the rallies or perhaps individuals who were a little bit difficult to deal with during the rallies.
As people continue to attend rallies and protests, it will only increase the chances of spreading the virus even more. Some of these protestors do not even wear masks.
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