Salmon Arm RCMP expressed its appreciation to protesters who were peaceful on Sunday during a rally in support of the ‘Freedom Convoy’.
The protest was against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Canadian truck drivers who want to cross the border into the US to avoid a quarantine.
Staff sers. Scott West said protesters “obeyed the direction of the officers and demonstrated Sunday afternoon in a peaceful and lawful manner.”
It is estimated that 600 people took part in the protest along the Trans-Canada Highway at Highway 97B.
There was a small group of people who insulted the officers and were asked to leave.
“They shouted and taunted officers who asked people to leave the center line because the passing vehicles were a safety risk for the protesters,” West added.
In general, officials say the protest was peaceful and West explains many protesters moved when asked to do so.
“I think it’s important to resign a whole number of [those] who moved with respect and stayed off the highway. Our department would like to thank those people for being so respectful and safe. ”
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